Birthdate: August 26, 1988
Hometown: Grinnell, Iowa
Current Residence: Iowa City, Iowa
Education: University of Iowa
Coach: Todd Waikel
National Team: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Deidre is the daughter of Will and Evelyn Freeman, who coach track and cross country at Grinnell College. Her father represented the U.S. internationally in pole vaulting and attended Olympic trials while her mother competed in the Canadian Olympic trials. Deidre has two siblings, Cameron and Nicolette, and began diving when she was 14. Deidre was also a softball player in high school and was an all-state catcher. Freeman almost gave up diving to play softball in college but ultimately chose diving and the University of Iowa, where she learned her 3-meter list (she was primarily a 1-meter diver in high school and did not dive on the club circuit).
After graduating from Iowa, Freeman moved back home to Grinnell (approximately 70 miles from Iowa City). She worked as a dance instructor at Michelle’s Dance Academy and was the diving coach at Grinnell College while also making the daily commute to and from Iowa City to continue her own training. In the fall of 2014, Freeman moved back to Iowa City to focus full time on training. Her favorite dives are 205B (back 2 1/2 pike) and 305B (reverse 2 1/2 pike). She trained with the Spanish National Team in 2009 when she spent a semester studying abroad in Madrid.
She is a vegetarian, has an extensive tea collection and describes herself as a total tree hugger.
2013 World Championships team member
Three-time national champion (3-meter and synchronized 3-meter at 2013 AT&T National Championships, synchronized 3-meter at 2013 Winter National Championships)
2015 Pan American Games team member (won bronze in synchronized 3-meter)