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Sharon Cleary Eastman '91
Sport: Swimming & Diving
Year Inducted: 2012
The current school record holder in both the 1-meter (championship format) and 3-meter (championship format) events, Sharon Cleary Eastman is one of the most accomplished divers to grace the boards for Brown. A four-year varsity letterwinner and a co-captain during her senior campaign, Cleary Eastman elevated the level of Brown diving while also exhibiting an unflinching dedication to the success of the swimming and diving program.
After a successful age group diving career in the Rhode Island area, Cleary Eastman began her freshman season at Brown in record-breaking fashion. She broke her first record at Yale on January 28, 1987, setting a pool record on the 3m with a score of 279.52. She catapulted to greater heights a few weeks later, breaking the Brown record in the 3m (dual meet format) with a score of 294.23 at Boston University and then besting the school mark in the m (dual meet format), tallying 267.15 points in a meet at Columbia. Both of these performances also broke the pool marks the host schools. She capped her stellar breakout year with a fifth place finish in 1m and a sixth place finish in 3m at the Eastern Championship meet, helping Brown clinch the team title.
Cleary Eastman took first in six dual meets as a sophomore, finished seventh on both boards at Easterns, and set a school record in 1m (championship format) against Columbia. In her third competitive season, Sharon reached the pinnacle of her success as a student-athlete. She finished first in dual meets on 12 different occasions, winning both boards against Princeton, Yale, Penn State and Columbia. On February 10, 1990 she broke her own record in the 3m (dual meet format), scoring 308.70 points against Columbia. After finishing in fourth place on both boards at the Eastern Championship meet and being named to Second Team All-Ivy on both boards, she qualified for the 1990 NCAA Division I Championship meet by placing third in the 3m at a pre-qualifying meet in Annapolis, Maryland. She concluded her season with a 26th place finish at the NCAA meet in Raleigh, North Carolina.
During her final season, Cleary Eastman won 13 of the 16 diving events that she evtered, taking both boards against Boston University, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Boston College and Columbia, and finished ninth on both boards at the Eastern Championship meet. She ended her tenure in possession of four Brown diving records, and was the second diver to be honored with the Marjorie B. and Stanton H. Smith Award for excellence in Brown Swimming and Diving.
Cleary Eastman graduated from Brown with honors in 1991, earning her BA in Health and Society. Upon leaving College Hill she coached three different summer league clubs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 1994 she was hired as the head diving coach at Providence College, leading their program until 1996. Her impact on aquatics in the Ocean State was acknowledged by her induction into the Cumberland High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991, as well as her induction into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Cleary Eastman returned to academia in 1996 and graduated from Duke University in 1999 with a Masters of Health Science. She currently works as a Physician’s Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery at Orthopedic Group INC, based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.