Program Spotlight: Diahanna Ham
June 17, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Heading into her senior season, NC State gymnast Diahanna Ham is excited for her final season as a member of the Wolfpack gymnastics team. Ham will be one of six seniors for the Pack next season.
Last season Ham led the team in podium finishes with 26: seven first, nine second and 10 third place finishes. She made the transition to an all-arounder as a junior in 2013 after competing primarily on vault and floor exercise during her sophomore and freshman seasons with a few appearances on beam as well.
"It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be," Ham said of becoming an all-arounder. "It was a big transition, but I'm happy with how I competed in my first year as an all-arounder. "
In 2012, the Boston, Mass., native tied the school record on vault with a 9.95 at the Sweetheart Invitational to finish first place in the event. She has scored a 9.9 or better on vault five times in her career, which ties as the fifth-most in program history on vault.
A two-time All-EAGL (East Atlantic Gymnastics League) first team selection on vault, Ham was also named to the All-EAGL first team as an all-arounder as a junior. In addition, she was selected to the All-EAGL second team on beam and floor exercise in 2013 and on floor exercise as a sophomore. As a freshman, Ham was named to the All-EAGL second team on vault and the EAGL All-Tournament team on vault.
During the summer, Ham is working on her form and polishing a few things in her routines, while adding some new skills as well. She is also looking forward to a leadership role as a senior to set a good example for the underclassmen specifically, but others on the team as well.
"Being a senior means I'll have more responsibility to lead the team as well as the other seniors," said Ham. "We're each going to play a role in helping and supporting our team in the way we can to guide our team in the right direction."
Last season the Wolfpack won its fifth EAGL title since joining the league and first since the 2009 season. State also earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals for the 11th consecutive year.
"I think we ended on a good note last year, but we're trying to figure out what we can do differently to make it to the national championships," Ham said. "We all really want to make it to nationals and the only way we can do that is to continue working hard and expecting to do better this year and improve as a team."