Kellen Harkness, a 2003 graduate of Cascade Christian High School, capped an outstanding four-year diving career at Ohio State University by earning the silver medal in the 3-meter diving competition at the 2007 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
In addition to placing second in 3-meter event at nationals, he also finished fourth in 1-meter diving. Those finishes accounted for 32 of Ohio State’s 105 team points, netting the Buckeyes their highest national finish since 1983. Harkness won the 3-meter title at the 2007 Big Ten Championships, was named the meet’s top diver, and also earned Big 10 Diver of the Year as a senior.
As a junior in 2006, he placed fifth in the 3-meter at the national championships, that after placing second in the event at the Big Ten meet. Harkness earned All-America honors three times and competed in four NCAA national meets while diving for the Buckeyes.
Following the 2007 season, Harkness became the first diver in Ohio State history to win the coveted Mike Peppe Coaches Award. In both 2006 and 2007, he won the Miller Anderson Award, presented to the Outstanding Diver of the Year for Ohio State.
Harkness, born June 8, 1984 in Tacoma, also earned All-Big Ten Academic honors all four years at OSU. He also received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors with a 3.85 grade point average.
While in high school, Harkness was a four-time prep All-American, a two-time state champion (2000-01), a two-time state runner-up (2002-03), and the first 4A diver to break 500 points (500.05) at the state meet. Competing for the Puyallup High School swim team, he was undefeated in dual meets for four consecutive years.