2012-13:Competed in the one-meter and three-meter dives...Scored best at Vermont (11/3) with 142.9 on the one-meter board and 140.4 on the three-meter board...Top Saints diver against Canisius (11/17) on the one-meter board with 111.65...Spent 14 days in Cape Town, South Africa as part of the Franciscan Service and Advocacy program.
BEFORE SIENA:Three-year member of the diving team at Kellenberg Memorial...Was also a member of Long Island Divers...Also a member of gymnastics at Kellenberg Memorial and the 5 Star Sports Academy...Honor Roll member all four years...National Honor Society... Certificate of Merit for Most Outstanding in Speech and Debate.
PERSONAL:Born April 28, 1994...Parents are Matthew and Lorraine...Enjoys windsurfing, photography, and traveling in her free time...Father is an anesthesiologist...Plans on obtaining a medical degree...Was cut from her gymnastics team her junior year in high school and dedicated herself as a diver...Has a younger brother Benjamin.
KUETERMAN ON ACKERT:"Kate brings great enthusiasm to our diving team, she works hard and I expect her to improve greatly this year"
GETTING TO KNOW KATE ACKERT:
Minor:Health Studies, Franciscan Service and Advocacy
What I like most about Siena College:The sense of community that we have on campus
Where do you see yourself in another five years:In medical/graduate school
What I like most about my sport:Overcoming boundaries and obstacles, bonding with my teammates and doing the unthinkable. Ripping a dive is also a really awesome feeling.
Another Siena sport I follow:Softball, Water Polo, Basketball and Baseball
Player I most relate to on the team:Kat Canavan, because we took the service trip to South Africa this past summer with the Franciscan Center and did a lot of bonding. She also gets all the mental struggles that come with being a swimmer or diver and is always there to talk to.
My goal for the upcoming season:To improve my place at MAACs from last year and learn some new dives with higher degrees of difficulty.
What is one thing you can't live without:Sadly, my phone
My before game/meet routine:Say the athlete's prayer, visualize my dives, let go of everything else that is going on in my life, and focus in on the meet.
Best advices I have ever received:The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Person I look up to the most:My dad
Three words that describe me:One of a kind. Sorry, that's 4.
Sport/Position I always wanted to try:I have always anted to try being a professional skydiver! Basically anything to do with adventure.
My dream car:A little red convertible
Future Plans:Pass organic chemistry, learn how to make omelets as well as Limmy does, do biomechanics research on the physics of diving, catch up on sleep, get an MD/MPH, start a family.
Reality TV Show:I don't really watch reality TV. However, I really like LOST, Greek, Fringe and Pretty Little Liars.
Class at Siena:Gen Bio lab and Organic Chemistry
Vacation Spot:Anywhere with a beach
Twitter account to follow:@YourAwayMessage It's absolutely hysterical