Six Hurricanes Qualify for NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 13, 2014) – Six Miami Hurricane divers have qualified for the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships after strong performances in Zone B Regional Qualifying at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Redshirt junior Thea Vock captured first place in the 1-meter finals on Monday to punch her ticket to the NCAA championship. Vock, who missed the 2012-13 season while recovering from surgery, finished with 627.60 points. “After being out last year with two shoulder surgeries, Thea hit every single dive,” said head coach Randy Ableman. “I’m so proud of her.”

Redshirt junior Sam Dorman delivered Miami’s second top finish on Tuesday afternoon. The Tempe, Ariz., native beat out Olympic medalist Nick McCrory of Duke for first place in the 3-meter with a score of 808.10 to qualify for the 2014 NCAA Championships.

“After not diving his best Monday, Sam brought his ‘A’ game today by winning the 1-meter,” Ableman said. “And he even beat an Olympic medalist to get there.”

Cheyenne Cousineau, Lindsay Lester, and Zac Nees each qualified with impressive performances of their own. Cousineau and Lester delivered strong showings in the 3-meter springboard, capturing fourth (669.45) and fifth (668.35), respectively.

Nees finished just behind Dorman and McCrory for third place in the 1-meter Tuesday, ending the event with 745.85 points.

“Cheyenne and Lindsay qualified with their best springboard performances of the season,” Ableman said. “Zac has been very consistent in both the 1-meter and 3-meter. He is starting to peak at just the right time.”

Reigning ACC Women’s Diver of the Year Kara McCormack qualified for the NCAA Championship during Wednesday’s platform diving competition.

“I think each of our athletes are diving their best right now,” said Ableman said. “It’s a great feeling to see them competing so well.”

The 2014 Division I NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 2014 Division I NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.


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Compliance Corner: Student-Athletes Are Amateurs and Cannot Promote Products, Services, or Events

The ideal of amateurism is as integral to the NCAA’s mission and bylaws as intercollegiate athletics are to the entire college experience. Several rules govern the ability of student-athletes to promote causes in both the private and non-profit sectors. Currently, a commercial business, service, or product may not use a student-athlete’s name, image or likeness in its promotional items. Violations can lead to the ineligibility of student-athletes.

Specifically, student-athletes would not be eligible for collegiate competition if they:

·     Accept any remuneration for or permit the use of their names or pictures to advertise, recommend, or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. This includes using social media profiles or accounts (e.g., re-tweeting, posting on a timeline on Facebook, or posting pictures to Instagram feeds).

·     Receive remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual use of the product or service.

However, when it comes to the promotion of nonprofits, charities, or UM initiatives, student-athletes’ names, images, and likenesses can be used under specific circumstances. The UM Athletics Department, on behalf of the student-athletes, welcomes these opportunities, and encourages nonprofits and UM staff to submit such promotions for prior review.

While a student-athlete may express an opinion of a product, service, or item, if the business uses a student-athlete’s name, image, or likeness to promote a product with or without the student-athlete’s permission, the student-athlete’s eligibility for competition can be jeopardized. The athletics department asks all University of Miami fans and supporters to refrain from using any student-athlete’s name, image, or likeness in a way that could affect their eligibility.

The University strives to maintain a culture of compliance and appreciates the efforts of staff members, boosters, and fans to embrace that culture.

For more compliance information, follow the UM athletics department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UCompliance), or contact them via email, athleticscompliance@miami.edu.



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$5 Discounts Available to Showbol 2014 Soccer Match at BankUnited Center

For the first time, the greatest names in Colombian and Venezuelan soccer will come together in Miami on Friday, March 21 for an unforgettable and exciting indoor soccer match at the BankUnited Center. UM students and employees can save $5 on tickets to Showbol 2014,  which will feature such stars as ”El Pibe” Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla, Víctor Aristizábal, Rafael Dudamel, Giovanni Savarese, and Luis Vera, by purchasing their tickets at the BankUnited Center Box Office with their ’Cane ID or by using the promo code ‘CANES’ on Ticketmaster.com.

For more information, please visit  BankUnitedCenter.com or TicketMaster.com.

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Former ’Canes Fernandez, Fiore Named to College Baseball Hall of Fame

Fiore-Fernandez CB Hall of FameMiami Hurricanes baseball legends Alex Fernandez and Mike Fiore will be among the seven-member Class of 2014 to be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, the College Baseball Foundation has announced.

Fernandez and Fiore join former head coach Ron Fraser (Class of 2006), assistant coach/player Skip Bertman (2006), and pitcher Neal Heaton (2008) as UM inductees into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Read the full story

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Compliance Corner: Who’s a Booster? Could Be You!

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February, 7,2014)—For the first installment of the “Compliance Corner,” the University of Miami Athletics Compliance Department would like to delve into the often-used term “booster.” If you work for the University of Miami, there’s a strong possibility you’re a booster.

A booster (more formally known as a Representative of Athletics Interest) can be an individual, or a corporate entity or other organization, who has been a member of ANY organization that supports UM Athletics, has been involved in promoting UM Athletics, has made financial donations to UM Athletics or to an athletics booster organization, has assisted or have been asked to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes (which is not permitted), has provided benefits (e.g., summer jobs or occasional meals) to enrolled student-athletes or their families, has been a season ticket holder, or is a former student-athlete at the University of Miami. In essence, if you participated in any of the above, you are in fact a booster.

Please be aware that once you are a booster, you always are a booster.  Therefore, as a University of Miami booster, you are prohibited from contacting recruits (all students in the 9th grade and up, even if  they do not participate in sports). That includes contacting them through social media; providing a benefit (an arrangement that would not be available to the general public) to a student-athlete, recruit, or their family/friends; or using the name, photograph, or likeness of a student-athlete for commercial purposes.

We ask that all ‘Canes fans and supporters assist us in following the guidelines listed above. As always, your efforts to help the University of Miami maintain a culture of compliance are greatly appreciated. For more compliance information, follow the UM athletics department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UCompliance), or email them at athleticscompliance@miami.edu.

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