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The product of a diving family, Loock was mentored by her father Carl, a TSDHOF inductee and a pioneer of Texas diving. Loock was undefeated in Texas Age Group and high school diving. Competing for SMU and coach Bryan Robbins, Loock became the first female to earn a varsity letter in the SWC. Competing against the men, she finished third on the 3-meter board in 1975. During her 10-year reign on the US National Team, she was a five-time US National Diving Champion, bronze medalist at the World Championships, and named top FINA International Female Diver for the world for 1975. A scholar athlete with a 3.95 GPA, Summa Cum Laude graduate at SMU, Loock was chosen as an Outstanding College Athlete of America for all four years of university. She was a finalist for the James Sullivan Award and received the 1976 NCAA Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award postgraduate scholarship to attend Harvard Medical School. After earning her degree from SMU in 1976, Loock obtained her MD from Harvard in 1981. Loock came out of retirement before her final year in med school to train for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which the United States subsequently boycotted. Maintaining her focus despite the collective letdown shared with fellow American athletes, Loock shortly after captured her final US national title on the 10-meter platform that spring, ending a competitive diving career that spanned more than two decades. She has since served as a national springboard and platform diving official and judge in Canada for more than 30 years. Now a dual citizen, she is licensed and board certified to practice pediatric medicine in both the United States and Canada. In November 2004, Dr. Loock received Diving Canada President's Award for Volunteer Service for her contributions to provide and develop sports medicine services, nationally and internationally. She has been honored by Southern Methodist University as a Distinguished Alumnus (1996) and by the SMU Letterman's Association, receiving the Silver Anniversary Award (2004) for distinguished service to the community 25 years after graduation. In Canada she was awarded the prestigious 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her service to Canada as a health care advocate for children and youth with special needs. Loock is currently a developmental pediatrician in Vancouver, BC, and is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. She is married to lawyer Ron Friesen, a Canadian Olympic Diver (Munich 1972), and they have three children.



Competitive Diving Achievements and Honors

[International]

  • World Championships bronze medalist 3M; 1975
  • US National Diving Champion (5 times) 1M (1974), 3M (1974, 77), 10M (1977, 80)
  • US National Finalist (40 times – 5 gold, 9 silver, 4 bronze); 1968-80
  • US International Diving Team; 1971-77, 1979-80
  • Pan American Team (3M – 4th); 1971
  • World University Games bronze medalist 3M; 1973
  • Finland International gold medalist 3M; 1973-74
  • US Hall of Fame Internationals gold medalist 3M; 1974
  • Czech International gold medalist 3M; 1974
  • Canada Cup gold medalist 3M; 1975
  • Swedish Cup silver medalist 3M; 1975
  • Women’s High Point World FINA International Award; 1975
  • Bolzano Italy High Point trophy (1977) gold medalist 10M; 1979
  • James E. Sullivan Award (Outstanding US Athlete) – Finalist; 1974

[Texas]

    • High School All-American and Texas State Champion; 1970-72
    • Texas Age Group Champion; 1962-71
    • First Female Letterwoman & Title IX Athletic Scholarship; 1976
    • Outstanding College Athlete of America; 1973-76
    • NCAA Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award; 1976
    • Southern Methodist University “SAM” (Silver Alumni Mustang); February 2005

    Coaching and Training

    [Southern Methodist University]

    • Learn to Dive - Summer Camp; 1973-76, 1979

    [Boston University]

    • Visiting Coach; 1977-81

    [Harvard University/Harvard Medical School]

    • Visiting Coach; 1977-81

    Officiating and Volunteer Work

    • US Diving - Athletes' Representative; 1979-81
    • US Diving – Sports Medicine Committee; 1987-93
    • Dive BC – Sports Medicine Committee; 1989-93

    • US Indoor Nationals – Team Physician; 1989

    • US/Russia Dual Meet – Team Physician; 1990

    • Goodwill Games – Team Physician (alternate); 1990