AS A SENIORFinished his career with the Irish as a successful diver… had 3 top-10 places in the Hawkeye Invitational… fourth in 1-meter diving finals (332.10)… fifth in 3-meter finals (344.15)… eighth in platform finals (250.85)… competed in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events at nearly every meet… placed second in 3-Meter against Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh (335.85)… had 2 top-5 finishes against Michigan State… placed third in 1-meter diving (213.69) and fourth in 3-meter (341.18) against Cleveland State… at Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, finished as 21st in 1-meter (279.40), 17th in 3-meter (327.40) and 24th in platform (215.90)… went on to compete in the 1-meter and 3-meter events in the NCAA Zone C Diving Championship… placed 13th in 1-meter final (626.55) and 16th in 3-meter finals (625.60)… earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: Continued successful streak with the Irish, setting career records in 3-meter (6) and Platform diving … earned 287.25 score in 1-meter (6) and 348.53 in 3-meter (6) events against Purdue, good for eighth and fourth place, respectively … versus Michigan State and Virginia, claimed first in 3-meter (6) event (375.60) … against Wisconsin, came in third in 1-meter (6) with 312.29 score and placed second in 3-meter (6) event with 367.20 mark … at Hawkeye Invitational, finished fifth in 1-meter (6) with 318.55 score and was second in 3-meter (6) event (363.25) … versus Northwestern and Michigan, logged a fifth-place finish in 1-meter (6) event (267.75) and finished fourth in 3-meter (6) competition (301.55) … in final home meet of the season, came in second against Cleveland State in 1-meter (6) with a 312.00 mark and claimed fourth in 3-meter (6) competition (335.03) … at Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, finished 13th in 1-meter (11) with 334.55 mark and as 15th in 3-meter (11) competition with 331.10 score … set career record in platform diving (11) at conference championship with 252.60 mark, good for 22nd place … one of six Irish swimmers to earn honorable mention College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American award … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Successful sophomore campaign with the Irish diving team over the course of the season … named co-Diver of the Year at the BIG EAST Championships, diving to a second-place finish off the 3-meter board with a score of 338.20 … also placed sixth in the platform with a score of 227.70 and fourth in the 1-meter with a score of 300.05 … earned a pair of fifth-place finishes at the Northwestern Invitational in the 1-meter (287.30) and the 3-meter (293.80) events … showed flashes of dominance against Louisville, taking gold in the 3-meter (367.06) and runner-up in the 1-meter (295.42) dives … BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Immediate contributor to the diving squad his first year, gaining all-BIG EAST honors … earned the bronze medal at the BIG EAST Championships in the 3-meter dive (311.35) while taking fourth in the 1-meter dive (277.75) … season-high point totals came in dual meet action against Northwestern, posting scores of 322.50 in the 1-meter dive and 364.43 in the 3-meter dive, placing first in both … took second in both events in the dual meet against Michigan State … earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-time All-American … Ohio’s 2010 state champion after placing second in 2009 … seventh at the state meet in 2008 … multiple Junior National qualifier while competing with the American Flyers Diving Club … dove for four years under Marc Cahalane at Solon (Ohio) … set the 11-dive pool (534.05) and school record at Solon … also holds pool records at Lakewood and Strongsville … three-time team MVP … four-time all-conference, all-city and all-state selection … two-time Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Week … three time NOC Scholar Athlete Award recipient … nationally-ranked throughout prep career … captain of the diving squad at Solon … plays the guitar, mandolin, and electric violin … oldest of three children … son of Kan and John Kreft … full name is Michael Francis Kreft … graduated in May as a pre-professional science major.
Kreft’s Career Bests
|1-meter (6)||332.10||Northwestern (2012)|
|3-meter (6)||375.60||v. Michigan State, Virginia (2013)|
|Platform (6)||264.60||Hawkeye Invitational (2013)|
|1-meter (11)||334.55||ACC Championship (2014)|
|3-meter (11)||331.10||ACC Championship (2014)|
|Platform (11)||252.60||ACC Championship (2014)|