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Swimming director of operations Michele Mitchell honored by World Acrobatics Society

The World Acrobatics Society announced that Arizona Director of Operations for Swimming and Diving Michele Mitchell will be inducted into its Gallery of Legends.

Mitchell is one of only two divers that will be honored. She will be inducted at the World Acrobatics Society Congress on Sept. 15 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Mitchell, who was inducted into the state of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame last year, oversees the logistics for the swimming and diving teams as director of operations. She was the Wildcats’ diving coach for 15 years.

Mitchell’s divers earned 27 All-American nods and 11 Pac-10 titles, and she was Pac-10 Men’s Diving Coach of the Year four times. Under her watch, Ben Grado became the first Wildcat diver to ever win an NCAA title in 2012.

Mitchell won medals on the 10-meter platform at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, and the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

As a Wildcat from 1979 to 1983, she was an All-American four times and won nine national championships. She holds the American record for platform diving with 479.40 points for an eight-dive list.

She was inducted into the UA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988 and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995.

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