She didn’t tower above the crowd, but she certainly made a huge impact on Clinton swimming and diving.
Angi (Pillers) Boone graduated in 1993, but before that she made a splash in the state of Iowa as a diver. She was inducted into the Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the 2019 Class on Saturday.
“I am not only honored, but truly honored and blessed to have this opportunity with my fellow inductees,” Boone said on Saturday. “This is pretty awesome.”
For three straight seasons, she was the conference and regional diving champion, sending her to the state meet. As a sophomore and a junior, she was the State of Iowa Diving Champion, adding a silver medal to her repertoire her senior season.
She was coached by Dan Mabee, who was inducted into the hall of fame in 2017.
“He taught us how to be an All-American,” Boone said about her former coach. “But taught us how to have fun and laugh as well.”
Boone joked about how Mabee would walk the halls and talk about the better performance by his swimmers, the better he looked.
She was full of obviously fond memories of her time in Clinton.
“The community of Clinton is amazing,” Boone said. “Clinton High has a way of making you feel comfortable and supported in every way.”
Her teammates certainly helped, too.
“You find a second family with your teammates, a community among yourselves,” Boone said.
She also was a four-year varsity letter winner on the track and field team, qualifying for the state meet with a pair of relays and in the 109-meter hurdles.
She thanked June Wilden, also a hall of fame coach, for that.
“If anyone ever told me I would qualify for state track, and in the hurdles nonetheless, I would have told them that was unrealistic,” Boione said. “But she made it happen.”
After graduating, Angi (Pillers) Boone went on to have a successful career at the University of Arkansas, earning four varsity letters while on a full-tuition diving scholarship. She still lives in Arkansas with her family.