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Rachelle Smith Kunkel Athlete Profile

Rachelle Smith Kunkel

Rachelle Smith Kunkel
Position: Diving Height: 5-3 Roster Years: 1996-2000 Hometown: West Valley City, UT


  • 1999 Honorable Mention 1-meter board CSCAA
  • 2000 First Team 1-meter board CSCAA


Majoring in nursing ... parents are Kent and Diane.

Before BYU

1996 Utah State 5A Diving Champion ... top club scores were 363.1 on 1m, 385 on 3m and 277.15 on platform ... two-time Region III Diving Champion and 1994 Region III runner-up ... in club diving finished second on 3-meter and sixth on 1-meter and sixth on the 1-meter in Region VIII in 1996.

1996-1997 | Freshman Year

Earned All-WAC honors for second-place finish on the one-meter board at the WAC championships ... finished 12th on the three-meter and 19th on the one-meter at the NCAA Zone E qualifying meet ...finished 12th at senior nationals on one-meter board.

1997-1998 | Sophomore Year

All-WAC, second place on 1-meter and 3-meter boards ... U.S. Spring Senior Nationals, 6th place on one meter.

1998-1999 | Junior Year

Led the team in diving...Zone E runner-up on the 1M and fifth on the 3M...placed 23rd on 3M at NCAA Championships...Named Second Team All-American for 15th-place finish on 1M at NCAA's...Second-place finish at U.S. Senior Nationals...placed 13th on 1M at World Student University Games...1M champion at U.S. Summer Nationals.

1999-2000 | Senior Year

Tallied 11 first-place wins in the the 1 and 3-meter diving during the season ... at the Mountain West Conference Champs, she was named Diver of the Year after her first-place finishes in both the 1 and 3-meter diving events ... at the NCAA Zone E Qualifying meet she placed first again in the 1 and 3-meter to qualify for the NCAA Championships ... at Champs she finished sixth on the 1M and was named First Team All-American.