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Rachelle Simpson named FINA’s Women’s High Diver of the Year for 2015

USA’s Rachelle Simpson (San Antonio) was honored as FINA’s 2015 Women’s High Diver of the Year at the FINA World Aquatics Gala Evening of Stars in Budapest on Sunday.

Simpson won gold medals in women’s 20-meter high diving at both the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, and the FINA High Diving World Cup in Cozumel, Mexico, in 2015.

Simpson, who lives and trains in San Antonio, also received FINA’s Women’s High Diver of the Year award in 2014.

Although not FINA competition, Simpson also had success on the 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series circuit, finishing atop the overall season standings and winning gold at stops in Texas and Italy last year.

She will compete at the 2016 FINA High Diving World Cup in Abu Dhabi in February.

Domestic Officials and Judges Certification Course to be held April 5-7

USA Diving will hold its second Domestic Officials and Judges Certification Course in conjunction with the 2016 Synchronized Diving National Championships. This course will educate and train an individual in judging diving fairly, neutrally and without bias, as well as train individuals as meet officials/referees.

The course will be held April 5-7 at the Northside ISD Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas.

By using the current FINA Judges School curriculum in this class, it is assured that persons who successfully complete and pass the course will have a consistent and systematic approach to judging diving.  This unified approach will allow consistency among all judges and officials.

The course is three full days.  Day one will be spent focusing on areas of the FINA Manual that an official must know.  There will also be video analysis and discussions.  Days two and three will be spent shadow judging the events at the national championships.  There will be meetings before and after each time an individual shadow judges.  An official observer will work with the shadow judges in evaluating their performance.  Upon completion of day three, each attendee will receive a performance evaluation.  To successfully pass the certification process, a score of 85 percent or better on the written test and a composite percentage score of 90 percent from shadow judging must be achieved. USA Diving strongly believes this program will greatly enhance the quality and the professionalism of judging in the United States.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION/DETAILS
Complete Course Schedule
The course will begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 5 with classroom lectures, video analysis and discussion, and will conclude at the end of competition on April 7 (course participants will be shadow-judging competition).

The fee for the course is $25/participant and space is limited to the first 25 participants. Space will be available on a first come, first serve basis, with registration closing March 21. Please register for the course by logging into your USA Diving membership account and completing the required information and payment. ***PLEASE NOTE: to participate in the class, you MUST be a CURRENT USA Diving member.***

Attendees will be responsible for their own expenses (including transportation, housing and meals) to attend the USA Diving Judges Certification Course. Hotel options are available through USA Diving’s travel partner here.

You will be notified upon receipt of registration with confirmation of your registration or placed on the wait list by USA Diving.

We look forward to your participation.

Bob Rydze resigns as USA Diving’s Chairman of the Board

Bob Rydze has announced his resignation as Chairman of USA Diving’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Chris Sholtis, who has served as Vice Chair of Administration, will assume the duties of Chairman of the Board until a new chairman is elected at the General Assembly meeting at the USA Diving convention in Atlanta in September. Sholtis was appointed to the position by vote of the remaining board members.

Rydze had served as chairman since 2008. USA Diving thanks him for his service to the organization and wishes him the best in the future.

2016 USA Diving Synchronized National Championships to be held in San Antonio

The 2016 USA Diving Synchronized National Championships will be held in San Antonio, Texas.

Competition will be held April 6-10 at the Northside ISD Swim Center, which also hosted the 2014 USA Masters Diving Spring National Championships. Northside Aquatics and San Antonio Sports will co-host the event.

The Synchronized National Championships will crown 16 national champions, all in synchronized diving events. The Synchronized National Championships were held for the first time 2015, with Greensboro, N.C., hosting the inaugural meet.

Competition will be conducted in three age categories: open (senior-level), 14-18 and 13-and-under.

Open competition will feature men’s and women’s synchronized 3-meter and 10-meter as well as mixed gender synchronized 3-meter and 10-meter. Divers in the 14-18 age group will compete synchronized 3-meter and platform, and 13-and-under divers will compete synchronized 1-meter, 3-meter and platform.

Athletes, coaches and spectators can book hotels through USA Diving’s travel partner, Anthony Travel here.

Five U.S. divers to participate in 2016 FINA Diving World Series

Five U.S. divers have been invited to participate in the 2016 FINA/NVC Diving World Series, a four-meet, invitation-only circuit for the top finishers from the 2015 FINA World Championships.

David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.), Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.), Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.), Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) and Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) all had top-seven showings at the 2015 World Championships to receive invitations to compete at the four World Series meets in 2016.

Boudia will compete on 10-meter both individually and in the synchronized competition with Johnson. Boudia won the individual 10-meter silver medal at the 2015 World Championships to mark his third consecutive World Championships silver medal on the event. He paired with Johnson for fifth place in the synchronized 10-meter event at the World Championships.

Cozad was invited to compete in the individual women’s 10-meter event at the World Series as a result of her sixth-place finish at the 2015 World Championships. Her sixth-place finish was the best by a U.S. woman on that event at a World Championships since Laura Wilkinson was fourth in 2007.

Dorman and Ipsen finished seventh in synchronized 3-meter at the World Championships to earn a World Series berth in that event.

The 2016 FINA World Series kicks off March 11-13 in Beijing, followed by a competition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from March 17-19. The series continues April 15-17 in Windsor, Ontario and wraps up April 22-24 in Kazan, Russia – the site of the 2015 World Championships.

Prior to beginning the World Series circuit, all five divers first will head to Rio de Janeiro for February’s FINA World Cup, where they will look to qualify the United States for the 2016 Olympic Games. Johnson and Ipsen each will compete two events at the World Cup, with Johnson set to dive individually and with Boudia in synchronized 10-meter and Ipsen set to compete individually and with Dorman in synchronized 3-meter. Cozad will pair with Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) in synchronized at the World Cup. The World Cup is the final opportunity for countries to qualify for the Olympic Games in diving.

Upcoming International Diving Events
February 19-24 – FINA World Cup (Rio de Janeiro/final opportunity for countries to qualify for Olympics)
March 11-13 – FINA World Series 1 (Beijing)
March 17-19 – FINA World Series 2 (Dubai, UAE)
April 15-17 – FINA World Series 3 (Windsor, Ontario)
April 22-24 – FINA World Series 4 (Kazan, RUS)

 

 

 

Samantha Bromberg added to U.S. roster for FINA Diving World Cup

Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) has been added to the U.S. roster for the FINA Diving World Cup, to be held February 19-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bromberg will compete in women’s 10-meter.

Bromberg was added to the roster after Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) withdrew from the individual women’s 10-meter event.

Cozad, who was named to the team after winning individual and synchronized national titles on 10-meter at last week’s USA Diving Winter National Championships, decided to give up her individual spot in order to give the U.S. the best chance of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The FINA World Cup is the last opportunity for countries to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. Each country may qualify a maximum of two quota spots in each individual event; Cozad already earned a quota spot for the U.S. by virtue of her sixth-place finish at the 2015 World Championships. A diver cannot earn more than one quota spot, so with Cozad withdrawing from the World Cup, the U.S. will now have two divers competing to secure a second women’s 10-meter quota spot.

Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) will also compete women’s 10-meter at the World Cup. She was second to Cozad at the national championships. Bromberg was next in line to make the World Cup team per the selection procedures and will take Cozad’s place in the individual event.

The divers will aim for a top-18 finish at the World Cup to qualify the second individual Olympic spot for the United States. Parratto was 14th and Bromberg 15th on 10-meter at the 2014 FINA World Cup in Shanghai. Parratto also competed on 10-meter at the 2015 World Championships, where she placed 21st.

Cozad will still compete women’s synchronized 10-meter with an Olympic berth on the line at the World Cup. She and Parratto won their third national title together at the Winter Nationals to earn the World Cup berth on that event.

All Olympic quota spots earned are for the U.S., not the individual divers or teams. The U.S. will select its Olympic team at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for diving in Indianapolis from June 18-26.

USA Diving roster for FINA World Cup – Updated

Men’s 3-meter
Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.)
Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.)

Women’s 3-meter
Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas)
Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.)

Men’s 10-meter
Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)
David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Coral Gables, Fla.)

Women’s 10-meter
Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.)
Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas)

Men’s synchronized 3-meter
Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.)/Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.)

Women’s synchronized 3-meter
Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.)/Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.)

Men’s synchronized 10-meter
David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)/Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)

Women’s synchronized 10-meter
Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.)/Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.)

Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Drew Johansen
Additional Coaches: Randy Ableman, Oleg Andriyuk, Vince Panzano, Matt Scoggin

 

 

USA Diving announces World Cup roster

(Note: The roster was updated on December 23. For the latest news, click here.)

Following the conclusion of the 2015 USA Diving Winter National Championships, which ended December 20, USA Diving has announced its roster for the FINA Diving World Cup. Two individuals and one synchronized team per event were selected to the team.

Amy Cozad, Kristian Ipsen and Steele Johnson each won two national titles at the Winter Nationals to be selected to World Cup team in two events. Abby Johnston and Jessica Parratto also were selected to compete two events after both finished Winter Nationals with a national title and a silver medal.

The World Cup, to be held February 19-24 in Rio de Janeiro, will serve as the final opportunity for countries to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. The U.S. has secured two of a possible 12 Olympic quota spots so far, having already qualified one men’s 10-meter and one women’s 10-meter spot. Each country may earn a maximum of two quota spots in each individual event and one in each synchronized event. All spots are for the country, not the athlete. USA Diving will select its Olympic team at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for diving in Indianapolis from June 18-26, 2016.

USA Diving roster for FINA Diving World Cup

Men’s 3-meter
Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.)
Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.)

Women’s 3-meter
Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas)
Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.)

Men’s 10-meter
Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)
David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Coral Gables, Fla.)

Women’s 10-meter
Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.)
Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.)

Men’s synchronized 3-meter
Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.)/Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.)

Women’s synchronized 3-meter
Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.)/Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.)

Men’s synchronized 10-meter
David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)/Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)

Women’s synchronized 10-meter
Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.)/Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.)

Coaches: Randy Ableman, Oleg Andriyuk, Drew Johansen, Vince Panzano

 

Cook, Johnson win women’s 3-meter, men’s 10-meter titles on final day of Winter Nationals

INDIANAPOLIS – Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas) won the women’s 3-meter title, and Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) took gold on men’s 10-meter as the USA Diving Winter National Championships came to a close Sunday.

With their wins, Cook and Johnson secured spots to represent Team USA at the FINA Diving World Cup in Rio de Janeiro in February. Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) also grabbed a World Cup berth with a second-place finish on 3-meter, and David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Coral Gables, Fla.) took third on 10-meter to earn a World Cup berth as well. The World Cup will serve as the final opportunity for countries to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Cook scored 975.20 points over three lists of dives in the women’s 3-meter event, with Johnston coming from behind to finish second with 950.75 points. Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) was third with 892.60 points.

Cook had an 11.35-point lead heading into the finals. She built up her margin of victory with 330.65 points on her final list of dives, which included 70.50 points on her opening round inward 2 ½ pike and 72 points points on her front 2 ½ with one twist in the last round.

“I knew I had the lead but I was trying not to think about it. My coach just told me to stay in the moment and have fun, because that’s when I do my best. I tried to pretend we were starting over at square one, with zero points, and then just I followed through,” said Cook, who also won the 3-meter title at the 2015 AT&T National Championships.

Johnston was in fourth place and 28.1 points out of second after Friday’s semifinals. She scored more than 70 points on three of her five dives in the finals, including 72 points on her last two dives – an inward 2 ½ pike and a front 2 ½ with one twist to move her way into the top two.

“I felt like I was in my zone today. I woke up feeling good and just went for it. I’m really pleased. I knew I had a realistic shot. In my mind, the last 48 hours I’ve just been telling myself ‘28 points, 28 points, I can do it’,” Johnston said. “I knew it was attainable. I didn’t look at the scores, and I didn’t know where I was going into the last dive. I kind of had a feeling that I was there because my coach told me to just do a normal one, nothing crazy. I think that’s his cue, you’re good if you just stay solid. Today, I competed up to my potential.”

Johnson won his 10th national title and fifth individually after dominating the men’s 10-meter contest. He finished with 1523.05 points over three lists, with silver medalist Rafael Quintero (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Tucson, Ariz.) scoring 1414.60. Dinsmore was third at 1333.25. Because Quintero competes internationally for Puerto Rico, Dinsmore received the second berth on the World Cup team.

Johnson scored more than 90 points on three of his six dives in Sunday’s finals, opening with 91.80 points on an armstand double back somersault with 2 ½ twists in round one and adding 98.05 points on a front 4 ½ tuck and 90.10 points on a reverse 3 ½ later in the finals.

“We’ve been training really hard. Training’s been going well the past couple months, and that’s translating into good competition. I’m growing as a diver and a competitor, and it’s starting to pay off,” Johnson said. “I treat every list as a new contest, whether I’m 100 points up or 20 points down. I’ve got to go out and do every dive as best I can. That’s what I did this week. I took it one dive at a time and focused on that dive alone.”

Longhorn Aquatics won the overall team title, with Stanford Diving finishing second and the University of Miami third in the final team standings.