2010 SEC Freshman Male Diver of the Year
Freshman Season (2009-10)
Named 2010 SEC Freshman Male Diver of the Year after he qualified for the championship final at the SEC meet on all three boards ... Opened the conference meet with an eighth-place finish on the three-meter springboard with a score of 345.10 ... Earned fifth place on the one-meter springboard with a season-best score of 382.90 ... Finished fifth on the platform at the SEC meet with 332.15 points ... His score of 352.00 during the platform preliminaries was a season-best score ... Recorded a season-best score of 375.52 on the three-meter with his second-place finish in the team's victory over Emory.
Attended Mount Vernon Presbyterian and dove for the Atlanta Diving Association ... A four-time All-American ... Named 2008 Georgia Diver of the Year ... Invited to the 2009 World Championship selection camp ... Won titles on the one-meter and three-meter springboards at the 2008 USA Junior Zone B Championships ... Finished third on the one-meter at the 2008 USA Diving Speedo Junior National Championships ... Took sixth on the three-meter in the same meet ... Earned 10th on the three-meter at the 2008 Junior World Championships in Aachen, Germany ... Took 21st on the one-meter.
Full name is James Thad Ellis III ... Parents are Beth and Thad Ellis ... Has two siblings: Laura Beth and Drew ... majoring in business.