Dod, 18, won eight gold medals at the YMCA national swimming and diving championships, leading his team, M.E. Lyons YMCA, to its fourth consecutive title. He finished first in the 100-and 200-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly and swam on five victorious relay teams.
Ryan, a senior pitcher at Durango High, tied a national high school record with 16 runs batted in during the Trailblazers' 30-2 win over Clark High, going 6 for 7 with four home runs. He also hurled a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts in the victory. Ryan finished the season with a 5-0 record.
Tarver, 26, won the U.S.'s only gold medal at the boxing world championships by defeating Cuba's Diosvany Vega 7-3 for the 178-pound light heavyweight title. Tarver had previously been victorious at the U.S. championships and the Pan Am Games.
Ivy, a Greeley West High senior, became the state's alltime leading scorer in girls' soccer, finishing her career with 142 goals. She also set a state single-season record with 45 goals in her sophomore year and ended high school as a four-time Weld County player of the year and a three-time all-state selection.
Kenneth Evans Jr.
PINE BLUFF, ARK.
Kenneth, a sophomore at Pine Bluff High, triumphed in the high jump at the state's Meet of Champions by clearing 6'10". At the Class AAAA meet he won the state title with a leap of 6'8". Kenneth also holds the national high jump record for 15-year-olds at 7'2".
OWINGS MILLS, MD.
Dustin, a Pikesville Middle School eighth-grader, won the Easter Bowl junior tennis title for 14-and-under boys. The U.S.'s top-ranked player in this age group, he also won the NationsBank crown and is his age group's only undefeated player at national tournaments in 1995.