Rossing Named to 2018 Hawai‘i Swimming Hall of Fame Class
As announced on Monday, University of Hawai'i assistant diving coach Anita Rossing will be inducted into the Hawai'i Swimming Hall of Fame as a part of the 2018 class in September.
Monday, June 11th 2018, 10:11 PM HST by
(Hawaii Athletics) - As announced on Monday, University of Hawai'i assistant diving coach Anita Rossing will be inducted into the Hawai'i Swimming Hall of Fame as a part of the 2018 class in September.
The accolades have been stacking up for Rossing for over three decades, ranging from her 12 years as a member of the Swedish National team, to her storied coaching career, and 10 plus years serving as vice president of the Hawai'i Diving Association as well as the head of the Sunshine Diving Club.
From 1977 to 1988 Rossing competed into two Olympics games, two world championships, and five European Championships. She captured 16 Swedish National Titles and won the World Age Group Championships on 3-meter. Other highlights include placing in the top-three at the Swedish Cup, Austria International, and Bolzano International meets. She placed fourth at the European Championships in 1983 and at the European Cup in 1986. Rossing was an Olympic finalist on the 3-meter springboard in Los Angeles in 1984 and represented Sweden again at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. In 2003, she captured three titles at the U.S. Masters Nationals, held in Honolulu.
Rossing's coaching career started shortly after her days as an athlete at the University of Texas as she coached with the Longhorn Diving Club in Austin and Pacific Coast Diving in Victoria, Canada, before arriving at UH.
Since arriving on the islands as the assistant coach of the diving program in the early 2000s, Rossing, alongside Brown has helped build one of the more prolific diving programs in the NCAA. Awards and championship align the walls of the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, ranging from Conference USA and MPSF Diving Championships to multiple individual awards including divers of the year, All-American honors, and storied runs in the NCAA Championships.
The impact of Rossing's legacy doesn't end at the collegiate level as an instructor. As the head of Sunshine Divers Club, she has given the children of O'ahu a place to develop in diving. Sunshine Divers have attended USA Diving junior meets such as the Junior Regionals, Zone's and Junior National Championships under her tenure.
The hall of fame ceremony will take place on Sept. 8 at the Hale Koa Hotel inside of DeRussy Hall at 6:30 pm. Rossing will be a part of 15 member class who will be honored and celebrated throughout the evening.