Katherine Hensell ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • John Adams High School
  • South Bend, IN
  • Women's Diving
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Katherine Hensell's Women's Diving Recruiting Profile
Double Dragon Diving Club
Prim. Position:
1m Springboard
Sec. Position:
3m Springboard
1m 6 Dive Score
1m 11 Dive Score

Personal Statement

    I started gymnastics when I was 6 years old, and soon discovered that I'm very competitive and thrive in individual sports settings that force me to  excel under pressure. While I loved gymnastics and competed for 5 years, my body grew out of the sport. I still loved pushing myself to be fearless and accomplishing new skills, which led me to diving. My mom found a diving camp at Notre Dame, but wanted to make sure I would enjoy the sport before signing me up. I attended a practice to see what it was about, and I found that I really liked it. The coach (who still coaches me to this day), Caiming Xie, told my parents that he saw a lot of potential in me, and advised that not only should I sign up for the camp, but I should start diving for his club immediately. Ever since that day, I feel like I've found a home at that pool and in the sport (even though it turns my hair green and I sweat chlorine). 

    I went to a small, private middle school with a graduating class size of 36 people, but in high school, my current freshman class size is over 400 students. This was a huge transition, but with these many people in my grade, let alone my school, I wanted to make sure I really stood out. Even before classes started, I joined the soccer team. Soon after that, I helped assemble a Mock Trial team which we found great success in, placing 2nd at Regionals and 6 at the State competition (highest ever placement at the Indiana State competition for an all-freshman team). Up next was my first high school diving season. This brought another highlight to my freshman year, being one of only two people on my Swim and Dive team to qualify for State along with earning the title of team captain by the end of the season. After the high school diving season ended, my parents and I discussed taking a break from high school sports until the next soccer season. Although that was the plan, one of the track coaches at my high school sought me out, and told me I should join the team. I had little to no idea what track was all about, but almost my whole life has revolved around sports and competition so I decided I would give track a run. Once outdoor season rolled around, I knew I wanted to try pole vault. After one practice, I was hooked. Even after only one season, I've found that I have a great passion for vaulting as well as diving. It's been a busy year, but I feel like I've already had great success academically and athletically and am looking forward to challenging myself in years to come. 


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 1 year
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards:
    Swim/Dive Captain 2018-2019
  • Team Awards:
    Washington Invite Team 1st place/Sportsmanship Award
  • Season Schedule

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 4 seasons
  • 2019 Double Dragon Diving Club (Elite)
  • Notes: 2019 USA Junior Diving National Championships 14-15 Girls 3m J.O - (Prelims) xxth place, DD xx.x, score xxx.xx 2019 USA Diving Zone D Championships 14-15 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 20th place, DD 17.4, score 253.75 14-15 Girls 3m J.O - (Final) 10th place, DD 18.2, score 300.35 2019 USA Diving Junior Region 7 Championships 14-15 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 16th place, DD 17.1, score 270.15 14-15 Girls 3m J.O - (Final) 11th place, DD 18.0, score 279.15
  • 2018 Double Dragon Diving Club (Elite)
  • Notes: 2018 USA Diving Zone C Championships 14-15 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 23rd place, DD 15.0, score 220.60 14-15 Girls 3m J.O - (Final) 18th place, DD 15.7, score 253.75 2018 USA Diving Junior Region 6 Championships 14-15 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 13th place, DD 15.0, score 235.35 14-15 Girls 3m J.O - (Final) 12th place, DD 14.7, score 225.95 14-18 Synchro. Girls 3m Springboard - (Final) 3rd place, DD 11.8, score 195.90 Chicago Dive Club Spring Invitational 14-15 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 10th place, DD 15.0, score 212.75 14-15 Girls 3m J.O - (Final) 7th place, DD 14.7, score 261.35
  • 2017 Double Dragon Diving Club (IN) (Elite)
  • Notes: 2017 USA Diving National Diving Championships 12-13 Girls 3m J.O - (Prelim/Quarterfinal) 40th place, DD 13.3, score 187.60 2017 USA Diving National Preliminary Zone D Championships 12-13 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 19th place, DD 12.3, score 190.35 12-13 Girls 3m J.O - (Final) 9th place, DD 12.7, score 201.40 2017 USA Diving Junior Region 7 Championships 12-13 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 13th place, DD 12.3, score 175.40 12-13 Girls 3m J.O - (Final) 8th place, DD 12.7, score 190.75
  • 2016 Double Dragon Diving Club (Elite)
  • Notes: 2016 USA Diving National Zone C Meet 12-13 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 26th place, DD 10.9, score 148.75 2016 USA Diving Junior Region 6 Championships 12-13 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 14th place, DD 10.9, score 172.45 2016 Windy City Spring Invite 12-13 Girls 1m J.O - (Final) 8th place, DD 10.7, score 162.10

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Caiming Xie
  • High School Head Coach
  • Lori Camp

Additional Sports

  • Soccer
  • F
  • 3 Years
  • Junior Varsity Team
  • Coach's Award
  • Track
  • F
  • 1 Year
  • Junior Varsity Team
  • Pole Vault PR 7' 0", Long Jump Competed as Varsity with Team for the City Meet, Team took first place. Also competed in the Goshen Relay's taking first place in Pole Vault



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Test Scores

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High School Information

High School:
John Adams High School
(574) 283-7700

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. 2018-2019 Biology 1 Honors 2018-2019 English 9 Honors (Advanced) 2018-2019 Geometry Honors (Advanced) 2019-2020 Chemistry 1 Honors 2019-2020 English 10 Honors (Advanced) 2019-2020 Pre-Calculus Honors (Advanced)
AP Classes:
Yes. 2018-2019 AP World History 2019-2020 AP United States Government and Politics
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • High Honor Roll
  • Activity
    • Mock Trial-2nd place at regional competition
  • Activity
    • 6th place in state competition

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Statistic 2019 Varsity Te 2018 Double Dra 2017 Double Dra 2016 Double Dra
Best Score 413.05 (11 dive 1M) NIC girls swim and dive meet 1/12/2019 R 1m-235.35, 3m-225.95/Z 1m-220.60, 3m-253.75/Synchro 3m-195.9 R 1m-175.40, 3m-190.75/Z 1m-190.35, 3m-201.40/Nats 3m-187.60 R 172.45/Z 148.75
Best Place 2nd R 1m-13, 3m-12/Z 1m-23, 3m-18/Synchro 3m-3rd R 1m-13, 3m-8/Z 1m-19, 3m-9/Nats 3m-40 R 14/Z 26


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