Vanessa Bergman-Thelin is an Olympic trials-caliber diver, and Daniela Roark is a Division-1 college basketball player. What do these two have in common? A spot in the Pinewood 2016 athletic Hall of Fame roster. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame are Pinewood alumni who graduated at least five years ago and exemplified outstanding athletic abilities, talents, character, and achievement.
First, a little bit about the two. Bergman-Thelin is a diver who graduated in the Pinewood class of 1990. While at Pinewood, she was a U.S. National Senior Qualifier, and became the world champion in one-meter board. She then went on to become a star diver at Brigham Young University, becoming a champion diver in the 1-meter board, and receiving several all-team honors including the WAC diver of the year in 1991. After her BYU career, Bergman-Thelin went on to the USA National Team, and finished as a finalist in the 1998 Olympic trials. She now lives in Alpine, Utah with her husband and five children.
Roark played basketball for the University of Southern California, after graduating Pinewood in 2005. At Pinewood, she averaged 15 points, six assists, and four rebounds a game. In addition to being an all star basketball player, she showed academic prowess as a member of the Spanish Honor Society in addition to receiving awards for Spanish. After high school, Roark played basketball at Fordham University, where she was named the Atlantic-10 rookie of the week. During her Fordham career, she ranked third all-time in three-point percentage for Fordham and eighth in Fordham history in total three-pointers made. She then transferred to the University of Southern California, where she appeared in 10 games as a point guard in her junior season. By her senior season, Roark had become an integral part of the Trojans offense. Roark discussed where her Pinewood hall of fame induction ranks among her many achievements.
“[The induction] ranks high, it is not like winning a competition but rather more like an acknowledgement of success over the time of a career,” Roark said.
She was really surprised when she found out about her induction, because it was really out of the blue, but once that passed she felt honored.