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McCormick qualifies for London Olympics

May 29, 2012

Arizona State junior diver Riley McCormick qualified for the 2012 London Olympics on the men's 10-meter platform, Saturday, at the Canadian Olympic diving trials in Montreal, Canada.

"I'm really excited right now and very, very happy with how things went," McCormick said. "My last dive there was probably the worst one I've done in a few years, but the emotions at that point took over and I knew I had already made it. I could have pretty much just jumped off the platform." Download Full Image

McCormick is making his second-consecutive Olympic appearance, having represented his home country of Canada in the 2008 Beijing games. A two-time Pac-12 Diver of the Year in his first two seasons at Arizona State, McCormick grey shirted the 2011-12 season to focus on Olympic training. In Beijing, McCormick placed 16th overall on the 10-meter platform for Canada, narrowly missing the Olympic finals.

At Arizona State, McCormick won two Pac-12 Championships ('10, '11) on the 10-meter platform, setting a new school record in the event, and finished runner-up at the 2010 NCAA Championships on the 10-meter platform.

McCormick is the fifth diver under head coach Mark Bradshaw to compete in the Olympic games. Former Pac-12 Diver of the Year Micky Benedetti has also qualified to represent Italy.

Also competing at the Canadian Olympic diving trials was incoming freshman Morgan Weller, who finished seventh on the 3-meter springboard. Weller is a four-time Speedo Junior National Championship medalist and took home the silver at the Summer Senior National Championships on the 1-meter springboard.

Mayo Clinic recognized as an 'Economic Driver' in Phoenix

May 29, 2012

Mayo Clinic, with an annual economic impact in Arizona of $1.5 billion, has been recognized as the first recipient of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce's IMPACT Award as an Economic Driver. The IMPACT Awards, presented on May 17, honor the accomplishments of Phoenix area businesses and recognizes the impact they’ve made on the greater Phoenix business community.

Since opening in Arizona 25 years ago, Mayo Clinic’s presence has been a significant economic driver for the state in the form of jobs, tax revenue, research and education. Mayo Clinic has been a catalyst in attracting scores of other health care and medical research related businesses and practices to the area. Mayo Clinic has also helped to create the new market of medical tourism in Arizona by serving nearly 100,000 patients per year from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Mayo Clinic Logo Download Full Image

Other key factors of Mayo Clinic’s recognition include:

• Development of Proton Beam Therapy program which will be a first in the Southwest. The therapy provides more precise radiological cancer treatment and hope for thousands of patients. The cutting edge cancer treatment program will be housed in a massive $182 million, 100,000 square-foot building on the Mayo campus in Phoenix which will boost the economy with construction jobs and permanent medical jobs.

• Mayo Medical School coming to Arizona. The Mayo Medical School Arizona Campus, expected to open in 2014, will include a key collaboration with Arizona State University. A major differentiating feature at this new branch: all students will complete a specialized master’s degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery granted by ASU, concurrently with their medical degree from Mayo Medical School, believed to be the first medical school to offer such a program.

• Annual economic impact of $1.5 billion on the local valley-wide economy. According to a 2010 study by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice.

• Mayo has provided jobs for thousands of residents and education for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Hundreds of local residents have volunteered thousands of hours at the clinic and hospital, an extension of the caring and competent Mayo staff. As an employer Mayo Clinic is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in the Valley.

The 2012 awards recognize two business sector (a business with over 250 employees and a business with 250 or fewer employees) recipients in each of five categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, Response to Adversity and the 2012 IMPACT Business of the Year.