SHOUT OUT TO OUR AWESOME OTTER DIVE COACHES!

We are extremely lucky at Oakton to have such talented and experienced dive coaches teaching our divers. All of them have been affiliated with the team for 5+ years—several of them for 10+ years! Introducing this year’s amazing team …

The Otters welcome back Head Coach Ken Hansen! Ken is in his tenth summer with Oakton Otters dive team and has coached the Otters Winter Dive program for over 10 years.

Ken was an Assistant Dive Coach for Oakton High School for 12 seasons and was previously Head Dive Coach for Madison High School. He currently coaches for Dominion Dive. Ken was the top diver at Oakton High School in his senior year, placed 2nd at Districts, and was the only diver to qualify for and participate in States that year. He also broke the school’s 11-dive record.

In 2008, Ken teamed up with coach Cheryl Meltz to compete in The Masters National Championships and win the Masters Diving National title in Mixed Synchronized Diving.  Ken also was the 2008 Masters Diving Platform National Champion.

We are happy to welcome back Spencer Dearman who will be returning for his third year as a member of the OSRC coaching staff this year.

He will be beginning his senior year at Oakton High School this fall. In addition to diving, he is involved in cooking, computer science, and skiing. He has been a member of the Oakton Otter Dive family for 6 years and has been competing with Dominion Dive Club at a Junior Olympic level for 5 years. Spencer has participated in the All-Star meet 4 times and placed first in 2018, and sixth last year in the highly competitive senior boys group. As a junior this year, he placed 6th at the 2021 VHSL State Championship meet, achieved an All-American qualifying score, and received the Coaches Award in 2019 and the Scholar-Athlete Award.

He is looking forward to this exciting opportunity to be a part of the coaching staff, and another amazing season with the Oakton Otters!

Dive Clinic Coach Cheryl Meltz-Kroopnick helped launch the Oakton Otters Dive Team in 2005 and has been coaching the Otters since the team’s inception, including running the Otters’ Winter Dive program.

Cheryl is also the Head Coach of Oakton High School’s Varsity Dive Team and has coached at the Junior Olympic level with York Dive Club and Dominion Dive Club.  As a former Division I college diver for Colgate University, where she was conference champion on both 1 meter and 3 meter and a National Finalist for the “NCAA Woman of the Year”, as well as a 5-time Masters’ Diving World Champion. Most recently she competed in the 2019 Masters Spring Championship and took gold in 1 meter, second in Grand Masters, and third in 3 meter.

Cheryl brings a wealth of diving knowledge as an athlete, as well as 30 years of coaching experience at all levels of the sport.  She is very excited for another wonderful summer dive season!

This is Katie’s 8th year as an Oakton Otter, and her 2nd year as part of the OSRC coaching staff.

Over her years as an Otter, she’s received the female High Point award twice, and has had three top 5 finishes at the NVSL All Star Championships. Katie trains with Dominion Dive Club (DDC) and competed for 3 years at the Mason Dive Academy (MDA) prior to joining DDC. She has qualified for and competed in the AAU National Championship (1M, 3M, Senior Synchro) and the USA Diving Zones Championship (1M and 3M). Over her career, she has earned AAU All-American a total of 5 times. She is finishing up her sophomore year at Oakton High School, where she is a member of the dive team. As a freshman, she finished in the top 10 at the VHSL Swim and Dive Championship, was awarded the 2020 Team Spirit Award, received a Scholar-Athlete Award, and achieved an All-American Qualifying Score.

Katie is excited to share her love of diving with others!

We are happy to welcome Claire Newberry back to the OSRC dive team for her second year on the coaching staff. This is her 12th year as an Otter—she has logged more years than anyone on our current team! Claire just wrapped up her junior year at Oakton High School (OHS). As a member of the highly competitive OHS Dive Team for the last three years, Claire was a super strong competitor on the boards, earning the Team Spirit Award (2019) and Scholar-Athlete Award (three years in a row!). She is looking forward to the return of a “normal” season and is excited to see what the divers can accomplish this summer!