Phil Boggs
Full Name:  Philip George Boggs
     Born:  December 29, 1949 in Akron, Oh
     Died:  July 4, 1990 in Miami, Fl
   School:  Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio


FSU Career
Swimming & Diving
Year  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
67-68 D       5-4  120  Fr   *   Akron, OH                       
68-69 D       5-4  120  So   *   Akron, OH                       
69-70 D       5-4  120  Jr   *   Akron, OH                       
70-71 D       5-4  120  Sr   *   Akron, OH                       


Awards
Swimming & Diving
Year  Award
1969  NCAA Championships - Three-Meter Diving (4th)
1970  NCAA Championships - One-Meter Diving (2nd)
      NCAA Championships - Three-Meter Diving (9th) - Honorable Mention
1971  NCAA Championships - One-Meter Diving (1st)
      NCAA Championships - Three-Meter Diving (4th)
Elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1977
Phil Boggs was a three-time All-American in diving for the Seminoles from 1969-71. Boggs holds the distinction of introducing the reverse two and one-half somersault off the low board into NCAA competition. The former Seminoles' greatest moment as an athlete came in the 1976 Olympic Games at Montreal where he won a gold medal for the United States in springboard diving. The award given nationally to the top collegiate diver at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention is named after the legendary FSU star.

Obiturary for Phil Boggs
Published in the New York Times on Jul. 6, 1990

MIAMI, July 5 Phil Boggs, who dominated United States diving competition during the 1970's, died on Wednesday. He was 40 years old.

Mr. Boggs, the 1976 Olympic gold medalist in springboard diving, died at his home after a seven-month bout with lymphoma, a malignant tumor of the lymph nodes, his wife, Jody, said.

The first aquatic athlete to win three world championships, Mr. Boggs was a three-time world champion in springboard diving and won nine United States national championships in the 1970's.

Served in the Air Force

Mr. Boggs, a native of Akron, Ohio, attended Florida State University and served in the Air Force from 1971 to 1976. He was a teacher at the Air Force Academy and left the service as a captain.

He earned a law degree at the University of Michigan, and practiced for three years with a Miami firm. Mr. Boggs was an active public speaker, and was a commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN, his wife said.

He was president of United States Diving, a national governing board, in 1980-84, and had been president of the Legend National Corporation, offering retirement services.

Mr. Boggs won his first world championship in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1973. He won again in Cali, Colombia in 1975.

Hard Worker in Practice

Mr. Boggs practiced twice a day during his years in law school, and was gearing up for the 1980 Moscow Olympics before the United States boycotted the event because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.

"He works harder than any diver around," his coach, Richard Kimball, said in 1978.

"Nothing special," Mr. Boggs said of his hard work. "I love doing it. I love the training and I love the competition."

He is survived by his wife, his mother, Angie, of Akron, and two brothers, Peter of Akron and Paul of Damascus, Md.



FSU Statistics
Swimming & Diving
   Date    Opponent/Meet                  Event                         Place  Results Points
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            1968 Season
01/20/1968 FLORIDA                        One-Meter Diving                1    256.45    5.00
01/30/1968 TULANE                         Three-Meter Diving              1    289.90    5.00
02/01/1968 NORTH CAROLINA STATE           Three-Meter Diving              2              3.00
02/02/1968 NORTH CAROLINA                 Three-Meter Diving              3              1.00
02/16/1968 SE INTERCOLLEGIATE MEET        One-Meter Diving                5              1.00
02/24/1968 FLORIDA                        Three-Meter Diving              2    270.40    3.00
03/02/1968 SOUTH FLORIDA                  Three-Meter Diving              2              3.00
03/09/1968 ALABAMA                        Three-Meter Diving              2              3.00
            1969 Season
12/13/1968 EVANSVILLE                     Three-Meter Diving              1    268.75    5.00
12/14/1968 SOUTH FLORIDA                  Three-Meter Diving              1    296.80    5.00
01/09/1969 GEORGIA                        Three-Meter Diving              1    317.25    5.00
01/18/1969 FLORIDA                        One-Meter Diving                1    289.10    5.00
01/18/1969 FLORIDA                        Three-Meter Diving              1    296.75    5.00
01/31/1969 NORTH CAROLINA                 One-Meter Diving                1    278.35    5.00
02/01/1969 NORTH CAROLINA STATE           One-Meter Diving                1    308.30    5.00
02/01/1969 NORTH CAROLINA STATE           Three-Meter Diving              1    334.10    5.00
02/04/1969 SOUTH CAROLINA                 Three-Meter Diving              1    309.65    5.00
02/08/1969 FLORIDA                        One-Meter Diving                2              3.00
02/08/1969 FLORIDA                        Three-Meter Diving              1    306.80    5.00
02/21/1969 SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE       One-Meter Diving                4              2.00
02/22/1969 SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE       Three-Meter Diving              2              4.00
03/07/1969 SOUTHERN INDEPENDENT CHAMPS    One-Meter Diving                1    449.95    5.00
03/08/1969 SOUTHERN INDEPENDENT CHAMPS    Three-Meter Diving              1    490.48    5.00
03/27/1969 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP              One-Meter Diving               24    157.62   
03/29/1969 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP              Three-Meter Diving              4    489.42   11.00
            1970 Season
01/17/1970 FLORIDA                        One-Meter Diving                1    314.75    5.00
01/17/1970 FLORIDA                        Three-Meter Diving              1    316.25    5.00
01/28/1970 SOUTH CAROLINA                 One-Meter Diving                3              1.00
01/28/1970 SOUTH CAROLINA                 Three-Meter Diving              1    301.75    5.00
01/29/1970 EAST CAROLINA                  One-Meter Diving                1    286.60    5.00
01/29/1970 EAST CAROLINA                  Three-Meter Diving              1              5.00
01/30/1970 NORTH CAROLINA STATE           One-Meter Diving                2              3.00
01/30/1970 NORTH CAROLINA STATE           Three-Meter Diving              2              3.00
01/31/1970 NORTH CAROLINA                 One-Meter Diving                1    297.00    5.00
01/31/1970 NORTH CAROLINA                 Three-Meter Diving              2              3.00
02/14/1970 FLORIDA                        One-Meter Diving                1    300.40    5.00
02/14/1970 FLORIDA                        One-Meter Diving                1    291.75    5.00
02/21/1970 SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE       One-Meter Diving                1              5.00
02/21/1970 SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE       Three-Meter Diving              1              5.00
03/06/1970 INDEPENDENT SOUTHERN CHAMP     One-Meter Diving                1              5.00
03/07/1970 INDEPENDENT SOUTHERN CHAMP     Three-Meter Diving              1    553.95    5.00
            1971 Season
12/16/1970 EVANSVILLE                     One-Meter Diving                1    325.55    5.00
01/09/1971 GEORGIA                        Three-Meter Diving              1    295.70    5.00
01/15/1971 EAST CAROLINA                  One-Meter Diving                1    324.15    5.00
01/15/1971 EAST CAROLINA                  Three-Meter Diving              1    301.15    5.00
01/16/1971 FLORIDA                        One-Meter Diving                1    317.85    5.00
01/16/1971 FLORIDA                        Three-Meter Diving              1              5.00
01/27/1971 SOUTH CAROLINA                 One-Meter Diving                1    294.15    5.00
01/29/1971 NORTH CAROLINA                 One-Meter Diving                1    360.90    5.00
01/29/1971 NORTH CAROLINA                 Three-Meter Diving              1    359.35    5.00
02/06/1971 SOUTH FLORIDA                  One-Meter Diving                1    342.00    5.00
02/13/1971 FLORIDA                        One-Meter Diving                1    304.80    5.00
02/13/1971 FLORIDA                        Three-Meter Diving              1    340.80    5.00
02/20/1971 SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE INVITE     Three-Meter Diving              1              5.00
02/19/1971 SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE INVITE     One-Meter Diving                1              5.00
03/04/1971 TULANE                         One-Meter Diving                1              5.00
03/04/1971 TULANE                         Three-Meter Diving              1              5.00
03/25/1971 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP              One-Meter Diving                4             12.00
03/25/1971 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP              Three-Meter Diving              1    552.93   15.00
03/30/1971 NATIONAL AAU CHAMPIONSHIPS     Three-Meter Diving              3    518.76    3.00
03/31/1971 NATIONAL AAU CHAMPIONSHIPS     One-Meter Diving                7    486.33