Hampton grad White making immediate impact at Duquesne
Adrienne White didn’t take long to make a splash at Duquesne.
The freshman diver has picked up where she left off as a four-time state qualifier at Hampton from 2015-18.
In White’s first meet against Youngstown State, she placed first with a score of 252.43 on the 3-meter dive. She also had a second-place finish on the 1-meter board with a score of 234.98, helping her team to a 156-144 victory.
“I was surprised at first because I didn’t really have any expectations,” White said. “Afterwards, it gave me some confidence. Never competing in college athletics, it just helps you keep a positive mindset, like ‘All right, I can do this.’ ”
White’s performance was good enough to earn Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week honors.
“I did not expect that,” she said. “But I was honored to get it. Again, motivation to keep working because you see it’s paying off.”
If that weren’t enough, White repeated A10 Rookie of the Week honors the next week at the Richmond Duals with first-place finishes in the 1- and 3-meter dives in victories against George Mason and Richmond.
“I knew the quality was there,” said Duquesne diving coach Charlie Hauser, who coached White with her club team in high school. “We really pursued her. I knew she would be a good fit and be able to contribute pretty early.”
Duquesne is coming off a historic year when it went 9-1 and won its first Atlantic 10 swimming and diving title, partly thanks to the addition of a diving program.
The program was added to the school’s athletic calendar last year after a 16-year hiatus. That means White helps comprise a crop of freshmen and sophomore divers with expectations of a championship repeat.
“Coming into college, there’s definitely a new level of performance you have to compete at,” she said. “I want to help contribute to my team. It pushes you to work harder because you are part of a team atmosphere, and you’re all working together.”
White will have four years to help her team secure more conference championships and earn more individual success.
“She’s not acting like a true freshman,” Hauser said. “She’s getting the job done, putting in the work and I know I can rely on her. If she keeps up that pace, I only see things getting better and better as the season progresses.”