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The Carolina Diving Academy had three members of their Elite team sign national letters of intent at the Huntersville Town Council meeting Monday evening.

Harrison Mitchell, Sr., Hough High School, Cornelius NC, signed with North Carolina State University. Mitchell is an AAU Diving national champion, eight-time USA Diving Junior National qualifier and 2012 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A State Champion.

MaryEllen Targonski, Sr. South Pointe High School, Belmont NC, signed with Duke University. Targonski is an AAU Diving Bronze medalist, three-time USA Diving Junior National qualifier and 2013 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A State Champion.

Brendan Schaffer, Sr. South Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte NC, signed with Incarnate Word University in San Antonio TX. Schaffer is an AAU Diving National finalist, USA Diving national qualifier and placed fifth at the 2013 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state championships.

“We wanted to have our divers sign their letters of intent here to show you a tangible benefit of this community’s support of the aquatic sports in general and diving specifically,” said Aaron Hintz, head coach for the Carolina Diving Academy. “And to thank you for that support.”

“I am extremely proud of this year’s graduating class,” said Hintz later. “Harrison has been an anchor in our program for the last six years and a perennial national qualifier; But MaryEllen and Brendan are relatively late starters in diving – MaryEllen in her sophomore year and Brendan, his junior – they worked particularly hard to become elite divers. NC State, Duke and Incarnate Word University are fortunate to have athletes of this commitment level and quality as a part of their programs.”

Carolina Diving Academy:
The Carolina Diving Academy is committed to creating a regional center for diving at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center. Our mission is to generate not only national and international caliber divers and events, but encourage athletes of all interest levels and abilities. For more information on lessons classes or team participation, contact Head Coach Aaron Hintz at (704) 766-2222 or

About Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics (HFFA):
Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics is about family, fitness and fun. Dedicated HFFA staffers produce an exciting variety of programs and partnerships that connect the community and enable members to experience and achieve the most in health, wellness, and total fitness. Built in 2001, the 88,000-square-foot HFFA facility features state-of-the-art aquatic and fitness components, including a 50-meter pool, a 25-yard warm water pool, an outdoor family fun pool, full-court gymnasium, complete fitness center, and group exercise studio. As the only public facility in the Southeast with an Olympic-sized, 50-meter competition pool and 10-meter dive tower, HFFA regularly hosts aquatics events with up to 2,000 spectators for regional, national, and international swim and dive competitions. For more information, please call (704) 766-2222 or visit

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Aaron Hintz
Carolina Diving Academy
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