UCSD Swimming & Diving BIO
 Dari Watkins

Mighty 1090 Interview (12/31/15)

Three-time NCAA Championships qualifier (2013-15-16) ... Seven-time All-American (four individual, three relay) ... One-time All-America honorable mention (100 free).

AS A SENIOR IN 2015-16
CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Third Team ... CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team ... CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 At-Large First Team ... PCSC All-Academic Second Team ... One of 16 UCSD Athletes of the Year ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for March ... Team's Most Valuable Swimmer ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (3/15) ... Completed five-year Triton career with back-to-back trips to NCAA Championships ... Successfully defended PCSC title in 200 free (1:50.04) ... Also swam third leg of PCSC champion 800 free relay in a meet- and school-record 7:20.17 on first night, lowering previous program standard (7:22.00) by almost two full seconds while achieving first NCAA automatic qualifier by Triton swimmers on season.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2014-15
Swam third leg of first-place 800 free relay in a meet-record 7:23.23 at the PCSC Championships (2/18).

CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention ... Season-best time of 1:55.43 in the 200 free, and 2:06.19 in the 200 fly while competing in the finals at the PCSC Championships ... Also achieved season-best time in the 100 fly (58.91) during prelims.

Competed in six events at PCSC Championships ... Finished first in 800 free relay (7:26.45) and third in 200 fly (2:04.23) ... Competed at NCAA Championships, with top finishes in 800 free relay (7:27.37) in third and individually in 200 fly (2:02.52) in sixth ... Member of 800 free relay that set Canyonview Pool record (7:47.88).

Redshirted the season.

Competed for Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach (2010-11) and Seal Beach Swim Club in (kindergarten-2010).

A 2011 graduate of Los Alamitos High School ... 2011 Long Beach Press-Telegram Female Swimmer of the Year ... LAHS Swimmer of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2011 ... Broke school records in 100 fly, 200 and 400 free relays, and 200 medley relay ... Five-time CIF finalist ... Posted best times of 24.78 in 50 free, 53.28 in 100 free, 1:53.92 in 200 free, 58.23 in 100 back, 57.00 in 100 fly and 2:06.87 in 200 IM ... Griffins were 2009 CIF Southern Section champions ... Also played water polo her first three years ... All-Sunset League Second Team in water polo in 2009.

Born July 14, 1993 in Laguna Hills ... Given name is Darielle ... Parents are Rand and Irena Watkins ... Father played baseball at Clarkson College and mother danced at Long Beach State ... Has an older brother named Forrest who played water polo at Stanford from 2009-13 ... Psychology major with a business minor at Sixth College ... Interested in becoming a psychologist, focusing on athletes as well as their nutrition ... Placing sixth at 2013 NCAA meet in 200 fly is her most memorable swimming moment ... Hobbies include surfing, dancing and spending time with friends ... Cheers for the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Yankees ... Olympic men's water polo player Peter Varellas is her most admired athlete ... The Dark Knight Rises and 21 Jump Street are her favorite movies ... Loves Mexican food ... Brother is her greatest influence.

Position: Butterfly/Individual Medley
Height: 5'9"
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Seal Beach, CA
High School: Los Alamitos HS
College: Sixth
Major: Psychology
Experience: 3 Letters
Dari Photos:
A3 performance Invitational AD