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Ray (Crowe) West was a standout diver at American University, where he captured the 1966, 1-meter diving NCAA National Championship with a score of 339.65 on six dives, marking American’s first ever national champion. West also placed eighth overall in the 3-meter diving championship that season in leading the Eagles to a seventh-place finish in the college division national championship. West’s national championship earned him back-to-back all-america honors in 1965 and 1966. In total, West led an AU team that claimed eight All-America medals and five honorable mentions positions in his senior campaign.
West’s roots as a gymnast led him to join the swim and diving team during his sophomore year. In 1966, West remained undefeated the entire year for the swim team and was ranked number five in the country. He was quoted in school records to have stated that “you must be consistent to be successful.” Through this consistency, he helped lead the Eagles to capture the Mason-Dixon Championships, where they set seven conference records. American had not attended this meet for 13 years prior to the 1966 win.