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USA Diving announces rosters for 2015 FINA Diving World Series meets

INDIANAPOLIS – The United States will send 13 divers to various stops on the FINA Diving World Series, an invitation-only circuit based on results from the 2014 FINA World Cup.

Two-time Olympian and 2012 Olympic gold medalist David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) will go to four meets, while four-time Olympian Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) will attend three World Series meets. Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C./Durham, N.C.) also will attend three events, while Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.), Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.), Dwight Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark./Durham, N.C.) each will attend two.

2008 Olympian Mary Beth Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) will return to international competition for the first time since 2011 with one stop on the FINA World Series circuit, and 2012 Olympian Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) also will go to one meet. Also selected for one World Series meet are Bradley Christensen (Southlake, Texas/Stanford, Calif.), Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas/Dallas, Texas), David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Coral Gables, Fla.) and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.).

The U.S. qualified for all stops on the World Series circuit in both men’s synchronized events after Boudia and Johnson won bronze in synchronized 10-meter at last year’s World Cup, where Boudia and Dorman were fourth in synchronized 3-meter. Although he did not compete the event at the World Cup last year, Boudia was also given an invitation to dive individually on 10-meter at the World Series. The U.S. also will compete women’s synchronized 10-meter at one World Series meet after earning an invitation due to Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) and Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) finishing eighth at the World Cup.

Synchronized teams can be substituted throughout the World Series circuit. Because of conflicts with availability due to the NCAA season and school schedules and because Boudia has chosen to focus solely on 10-meter this season after doing springboard events a year ago, the U.S. will send teams other than those who qualified to many of the events.

2015 FINA Diving World Series – Team USA Rosters
March 13-15 – Beijing, China
March 19-21 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Men’s 10-meter – David Boudia
Men’s synchronized  3-meter – Troy Dumais and Dwight Dumais
Men’s synchronized 10-meter – Toby Stanley and Jordan Windle

May 1-3 – London, Great Britain
Men’s synchronized  3-meter – Bryce Klein and Bradley Christensen
Men’s synchronized 10-meter – David Dinsmore and Jordan Windle
Women’s synchronized 10-meter –  Mary Beth Dunnichay and Delaney Schnell

May 22-24 – Windsor, Canada
Men’s 10-meter – David Boudia
Men’s synchronized 3-meter –  Sam Dorman and Troy Dumais
Men’s synchronized 10-meter –  David Boudia and Steele Johnson

May 29-31 – Mexico City, Mexico
Men’s 10-meter – David Boudia
Men’s synchronized 3-meter – Sam Dorman and Kristian Ipsen
Men’s synchronized 10-meter –  David Boudia and Steele Johnson

 

 

 

Kelci Bryant, Aurelie Gibson hired to join to USA Diving staff

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Diving has announced that Aurelie Gibson and Olympic silver medalist Kelci Bryant have been hired to join the national office staff. Gibson will serve as Director of Education, while Bryant has been hired as High Performance Athlete Services Coordinator.

“We are pleased to have both Aurelie and Kelci join our staff. The background and experience the two of them bring to USA Diving will be extremely valuable to our organization. Aurelie has more than 20 years of experience in coach education and development, and her knowledge will be incredibly beneficial in furthering the growth and progress of our coaches as she puts together a coach accreditation program in the U.S.,” USA Diving President and CEO Linda Paul said. “Kelci offers the unique viewpoint of having been an elite athlete. She understands the inner workings of the sport and our organization, and she brings a fresh perspective to the office.”

Gibson comes to USA Diving from New Zealand, where she has served as Director of Coach Development for Diving New Zealand and as head coach of the Auckland Diving Community Trust since 2011. As a club coach, Gibson has developed multiple national gold medalists and record holders in New Zealand as well as the first male diver to attend the FINA World Cup and Commonwealth Games in more than 16 years. Prior to moving to New Zealand, she spent nearly 20 years working as a National Coaching Certification Program consultant for Diving Plongeon Canada. During that time, she restructured reference materials, coach workbooks and learning facilitator guidelines to make Diving Plongeon Canada one of only three amateur sports governing bodies to be compliant with the country’s revised NCCP guidelines. She also served as NCCP Master Learning Facilitator for diving, facilitating all diving-specific courses in the program. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in physical and health education.

A two-time Olympian and 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Bryant has extensive national and international experience that will bring a new perspective to her position. A nine-time national champion, Bryant competed at four World Championships (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011) and one World Junior Championships (2004, winning a silver medal on 1-meter). Bryant retired from competitive diving after the 2012 Olympic Games. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in communications in 2013. Bryant also coached Blaine High School during the 2013-2014 season, guiding her divers to school records and a 1-2-3 finish at sectionals to qualify for the state championships and achieve Blaine’s highest ranking in program history. As a result, Bryant was named the girls 7AA section coach of the year.

Gibson will begin her new job on March 30, while Bryant has already started her position. Bryant replaces long-time employee Molly Connolly, who resigned to stay at home to raise her new daughter. Connolly was a highly regarded and valuable member of the USA Diving staff for more than seven years, joining the staff as Events and Programs Coordinator and later becoming International Teams Manager.

 

 

 

USA Diving announces rosters for upcoming FINA Grand Prix meets

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Diving will send teams to two FINA Diving Grand Prix meets in April, with divers headed to Mexico and Puerto Rico to represent Team USA.

Three Olympians headline the nine-diver team that will compete April 2-5 in Leon, Mexico. Four-time Olympian Troy Dumais and 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse will compete individually on 3-meter in Mexico, while 2012 Olympic silver medalist Abby Johnston will dive synchronized 3-meter with partner Laura Ryan.

2014 World Cup team members and national champions Jessica Parratto and Amy Cozad are among the seven divers who will compete in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from April 16-19.

Complete rosters for the two meets can be found below.

Team USA rosters for FINA Grand Prix competition

April 2-5 – FINA Diving Grand Prix (Leon, Mexico)
Diver (Hometown/Trains) – Event(s)
Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) – Men’s 3-meter
Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) – Women’s synchronized 3-meter
Brandon Loschiavo (Huntington Beach, Calif./Mission Viejo, Calif.) – Men’s 10-meter
Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) – Women’s 3-meter
Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) – Women’s 3-meter, synchronized 3-meter
Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) – Women’s 10-meter
Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark./Durham, N.C.) – Men’s synchronized 10-meter
Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C./Durham, N.C.) – Men’s 10-meter, synchronized 10-meter
Tori (Lamp) Wood (Knoxville, Tenn./Brown Deer, Wisc.) – Women’s 10-meter

Coaches: Nunzio Esposto, Dan Laak

April 16-19 – FINA Puerto Rico Grand Prix in alliance with USA Diving (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Diver (Hometown/Trains) – Event(s)
Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) – Women’s 10-meter, synchronized 10-meter
Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) – Women’s 3-meter, synchronized 3-meter
Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) – Women’s 10-meter, synchronized 10-meter, synchronized 3-meter
Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./Tucson, Ariz.) – Women’s 3-meter
Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) – Men’s 3-meter
Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark./Durham, N.C.) – Men’s 10-meter, synchronized 10-meter
Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C./Durham, N.C.) – Men’s 10-meter, synchronized 10-meter

Coaches: Nunzio Esposto, Drew Johansen

USA Diving renews partnership with Colorado Time Systems

(Release courtesy of Colorado Time Systems)

LOVELAND, Colorado — Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, is pleased to announce the renewal of the sponsorship agreement with USA Diving through 2018.

As the “Official Scoring and Display System,” Colorado Time Systems will provide scoring and display equipment and technical support for USA Diving’s major championship events including the USA Diving Synchronized National Championships, FINA/USA Diving Grand Prix, AT&T USA Diving National Championships, and the FINA Puerto Rico Grand Prix in alliance with USA Diving.

“USA Diving appreciates the loyal partnership of Colorado Time Systems,” said Linda Paul, USA Diving President and CEO. “We look forward to another four years working together for these elite events.”

“Our partnership with USA Diving is a wonderful testimony to the trust in our diving equipment and professional staff,” said Anita Sayed, PlayCore Senior Vice President and Colorado Time Systems’ General Manager. “We look forward to the continued success of USA Diving.”

About Colorado Time Systems (CTS)
Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, has established a reputation for precision and innovation in swim timing equipment. Since 1972, premier aquatic facilities have chosen Colorado Time Systems for platinum quality timing, scoring and display systems. Learn more at www.coloradotime.com.

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USA Diving to hold 2015 World Championships Trials in Bloomington, Ind.

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Diving will hold its 2015 World Championships Trials for the individual Olympic events in Bloomington, Ind.

Competition will be conducted May 15-17 at Indiana University’s Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

The final eight spots on the World Championships team will be selected at the trials, with two spots up for grabs in each of the men’s and women’s 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform events. USA Diving will select its synchronized teams for the World Championships at the Synchronized Diving National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., from April 9-12.

The World Championships are set for July 24-August 2 in Kazan, Russia, and will be the first major opportunity for countries to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. The top 12 finishers in each individual Olympic event will earn quota spots for their countries, while the top three teams in each Olympic synchronized diving event will qualify their countries for the Games.

The first four spots on the World Championships team were decided at the 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships in December. Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) and Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./ Tucson, Ariz.) won national titles on 1-meter to punch their tickets to the World Championships, while Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) finished second to earn spots on the world team as well.

 

2015 AT&T USA Diving National Championships to be held in Orlando

Orlando, Fla., has been selected as the host city for the 2015 AT&T USA Diving National Championships.

The YMCA of Central Florida along with YCF Diving will host approximately 700 of the nation’s top divers at championships, which will run July 28-August 13 and will feature competition for both junior and senior divers.

This year will mark the inaugural year for a combined national championship event, with both junior and senior national titles awarded throughout the meet. Previously, USA Diving held the Age Group National Championships, the Junior National Championships and the AT&T National Diving Championships over the course of three separate weeks each summer.

Hotel information can be found here. Additional details will be forthcoming.

Rittenhouse, Johnson win individual gold on final day of Winter Nationals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) won the women’s 3-meter gold, while Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) took gold in men’s 10-meter as the USA Diving Winter National Championships came to a close Sunday. Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) won her second national title this week after pairing with Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.) for gold in women’s synchronized 10-meter. Cory Bowersox (Burke, Va./Austin, Texas) and Zac Nees (Hatfield, Pa./State College, Pa.) won the men’s synchronized 3-meter title.

Johnson scored 1333.75 points to successfully defend his 2013 title and win his fourth individual national title on 10-meter. He scored more than 80 points on each of his last four dives in the finals, including 86.95 points on his front 4 ½ tuck and 82.80 points on his back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists, both relatively new dives for him.

“We didn’t come into this competition with a main goal of putting a bunch of points on the board or scoring well or winning any event. We came in with a goal of doing new events like 1-meter and 3-meter and doing new dives in all the events, especially on platform with the (4 ½ and the back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists). We did those at the World Cup in synchro, but I didn’t do them individually because they weren’t good enough,” Johnson said. “Since this meet wasn’t a qualifying meet for me, we decided we’d get the experience of doing them in a high pressure situation just to see how they’d go and what we need to work on. I definitely think we’ve taken the right steps.”

Brandon Loschiavo (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scored 1259.85 points for the silver, and Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) finished third with 1251.00 points.

Rittenhouse scored 912.65 points over three lists of dives to take the individual 3-meter gold. Rittenhouse led heading into the finals but dropped to second place after missing her second-round reverse 2 ½ pike for just 22.50 points, allowing Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) to overtake her in the standings. Rittenhouse regained the lead in round four with a 68.20-point front 3 1/2 pike to head into the last round with a 3.65-point advantage over Ryan. Ryan dove first and earned 57 points on her front 2 ½ pike with a twist, and Rittenhouse followed with 61.50 points on the same dive to secure the gold medal.

“On my second dive, my gainer, I was really far from the end of the board and on the side. That’s a really hard place to take off from, so I landed really short. I knew I had to do my next dives really well to make a comeback, so I just tried to forget about it and focus on my next dives. Luckily I was able to hit all of them and end up winning,” said Rittenhouse, who concluded the championships with three medals, having already won a 1-meter silver and a synchronized 3-meter bronze.

Ryan finished second with 904.50 points, while Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) scored 902.40 points for bronze.

Parratto and Cozad paired together for 586.32 points to win the synchronized 10-meter title. It was their first national title together as a synchro team, although both had previously won synchro titles with other partners. They opened the finals by scoring more than 100 points on their two voluntaries and closed out their list with 74.88 points on their back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists.

“I’m glad our final list was a good list, especially on the last day. We were kind of tired, but we overcame that and did really well,” said Parratto, who won the individual 10-meter gold Saturday.

Murphy Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) and Emma Ivory-Ganja (The Woodlands, Texas/Austin, Texas) were second with 542.28 points, while Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass./Stanford, Calif.) and Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) scored 527.40for third.

Bowersox and Nees secured their second national title together after finishing with 814.17 points for the men’s 3-meter synchro title. They led by 24.42 points after Friday’s preliminaries and held onto the lead throughout the finals, aided in part by a front 4 ½ that scored 87.78 points.

“We’ve been training pretty well prior to coming here. I knew we had a pretty good opportunity to do some good stuff. Coming into today, we had a decent-sized lead over second place so I was trying really hard to not really think about that. I just tried to act like we were all starting over at zero and keep my composure,” Bowersox said.

Bradley Christensen (Southlake, Texas/Stanford, Calif.) and Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas/Dallas, Texas) scored 787.56 to win the silver medal, while Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) and Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) finished third at 783.27.

Longhorn Aquatics was the overall team champion and also won the men’s team title and the women’s team title. Rittenhouse received the women’s high point award, with Johnson taking the men’s high point award.

Six elected as athlete representatives for 2015-2016

Six athletes have been elected to serve as USA Diving athlete representatives for 2015-2016.

Bryce Klein was re-elected to a second term, while Mary Beth Dunnichay, Kristian Ipsen, Steele Johnson, Abby Johnston and Katrina Young also were elected. Murphy Bromberg and Jack Nyquist were selected as alternates.

Six athletes – three men and three women – are elected each year to serve a two-year term. Cheyenne Cousineau, David Dinsmore, Sam Dorman, Michael Hixon, Emma Ivory-Ganja and Kara McCormack will continue their terms next year after being elected in 2013 to serve in 2014 and 2015.

In order to serve as a USA Diving athlete rep, an athlete must have placed in the top half of a senior national championship meet in the past two years or have represented the U.S. at an Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup or Pan Am Games competition in the past 10 years.

Troy Dumais, Jessica Parratto win individual gold at USA Diving Winter National Championships

Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) won his 38th career national title with a victory on 3-meter Saturday at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, while Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) captured the women’s 10-meter gold medal. Olympic silver medalist Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) and Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) won women’s synchronized 3-meter, and Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark./Pendleton, Ind.) and Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) took gold in men’s synchronized 10-meter.

Dumais scored 1348.30 points to edge silver medalist Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) by 13.05 points for gold. Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) was third with 1300.75 points.

Dumais led Schmidt by 38.20 points heading into the fifth round of the finals, when both divers were performing a front 4 ½ tuck. The 4 1/2 is a dive that Schmidt regularly competes, but Saturday was the first time Dumais had competed the dive. Schmidt scored 91.20 points on the dive, while Dumais missed his for 57 points to cut his lead to four points heading into the final round. Schmidt closed out his list with 74.25 points on his reverse 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists, and Dumais countered with 83.30 points on a front 2 ½ with 2 twists to secure the victory.

“Win lose or draw, the whole idea is that for 2016, I need the front 4 ½. I got a bad hurdle today. I came here to do the dive, put it in my list and see how I react. I did a great list other than the 4 ½, so it’s a learning lesson,” Dumais said.

Parratto secured her second individual national title in a close contest with 2013 champion Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas), with Parratto finishing with 1027.15 points to top Bromberg by 1.45 points. Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 1008.55 points for the bronze.

Parratto led after three rounds in the finals but missed her fourth-round armstand back triple somersault for just 41.25 points to drop to third place while Bromberg moved into the lead after 81.60 points on her inward 3 ½ tuck. Parratto came back strong in the final round, retaking the lead with 81.60 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists, while Bromberg scored just 57.60 points on that same dive.

“I started with 3-meter synchro, so it was kind of a long day, but it was actually really fun. That’s the first time I’ve had two finals in one day. On platform, my first few dives were great, but it was a little rough in the middle. I really wanted to secure my spot at the end and really nail that back twister, and I’m really glad I did,” said Parratto, who added a 3-meter synchro silver to go along with her individual 10-meter gold.

Johnston captured the synchro national title in her return to her hometown after scoring 597.30 points over two lists of dives with Ryan to grab the 3-meter synchro title. The pair led by three points after Friday’s preliminaries and broke open their lead with three solid optional dives in Saturday’s final, scoring 69.30 points on a back 2 ½ pike, 71.10 points on an inward 2 ½ pike and 70.20 points on their front 2 ½ with 2 twists.

“This is my first national title with Laura. We brought it together at the last minute because we’ve both been really busy and haven’t had a lot of training this fall, but we naturally dive very similar. It’s great that it turned out the way it did,” said Johnston, who just finished her first term of medical school.

Parratto and Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) were second at 563.40, while Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./State College, Pa.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) scored 556.20 points for the bronze.

Toby Stanley and Jordan Windle scored 782.46 points to capture their first national title together in synchronized 10-meter. Tarek Abdelghany (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) and Brandon Loschiavo (Huntington Beach, Calif.) took silver with 709.74 points. Stanley also competed with Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./Austin, Texas), scoring 674.04 points for the bronze.

“It’s been really exciting diving with Toby. We had a lot of fun together. We’re new partners, but it’s working out so far. Hopefully we can go a long way together,” Windle said.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships conclude Sunday, December 21 with finals in women’s synchronized 10-meter, men’s synchronized 3-meter, women’s individual 3-meter and men’s individual 10-meter.

USA Diving announces annual award winners

USA Diving has announced the eight recipients of its annual awards. The honorees will be recognized at a reception in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, December 19 in conjunction with the USA Diving Winter National Championships.

David Boudia will receive USA Diving’s Athlete of the Year award for the fifth consecutive year and sixth time in his career. Boudia won the bronze medal on synchronized 10-meter with Steele Johnson at the 2014 FINA World Cup in Shanghai, where he also placed eighth individually on 3-meter and fourth with Sam Dorman in synchronized 3-meter. He also won a bronze medal on 10-meter at a FINA World Series meet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Sarah Bacon has been named the recipient of the Wendy Wyland Award. Presented in memory of the late 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, the award recognizes a diver who represents the following qualities:  A love for the sport; extremely hard working; exceptional competitive ability; courage in dealing with adversity; ability to come back from injury or illness; a never quit attitude; respect for fellow competitors; and performance beyond expectations. In 2014, Bacon returned to USA Diving competition for the first time since 2012 after battling numerous injuries. In her return, Bacon won the 1-meter title at the 2014 AT&T National Diving Championships and also won junior national titles on both 1-meter and 3-meter. She was named team co-captain of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships team.

Chris Seufert Sholtis will be presented with the Phil Boggs Award, which honors those who have achieved individual excellence in diving and have given back a part of themselves to assure the sport’s continuation and success.  A two-time Olympian and 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, Sholtis currently serves on the USA Diving Board of Directors as vice chair of administration. Also a FINA certified judge, Sholtis was the U.S. judge at the 2012 Olympic Games and also judged the FINA World Championships in 2011 and 2013.

Both Bill Farrar and Terry Robinson will receive the Glenn McCormick Memorial Award, presented in recognition for outstanding contributions to the sport of diving.

Bill Farrar was a long-time member of the Board of Directors, having served as vice chair of administration and as law and legislation/governance chair. He was on the selection committee that hired current USA Diving President and CEO Linda Paul as well as her predecessor Debbie Hesse. Farrar has also served as USA Diving General Counsel, and spent time serving on the Board of Review Committee, the Long-Range Planning committee, the Business Affairs Committee and the Member Services Committee.

Terry Robinson is USA Diving’s head athletic trainer and physical therapist and has been involved with the organization since 1990. He worked on-site with USA Diving at the 1996 and 2012 Olympic Games as well as at 10 World Championships and 11 World Cup meets, most recently at the 2014 FINA World Cup in Shanghai. He coordinates medical team coverage for all national and international diving events and coordinates medical care for AT&T Olympic Performance Squad athletes.

Matt Scoggin will receive the Mike Peppe Award, given to the outstanding senior diving coach. Scoggin’s Longhorn Aquatics team won the overall team championship title at the 2014 AT&T National Diving Championships, where Murphy Bromberg and Troy Dumais won individual titles and Bromberg, Emma Ivory-Ganja, Mark Anderson and Cory Bowersox won national titles in synchronized events. Scoggin was selected as the head coach of the U.S. team for the FINA World Cup, with Bromberg and Maren Taylor among the athletes on the team. In all, eight of Scoggin’s athletes represented Team USA in international events throughout the year.

Jeff Bro has been selected the recipient of the Moose Moss Age Group Coach of the Year Award. Bro coached GC Diving to the team title at the 2014 USA Diving Junior West National Championships and his team finished second in the team standings at the 2014 USA Diving Junior National Championships, where GC Diving also won the girls’ team title. Emily Grund, Hailey Hernandez and Jackson Miller won individual junior national championships. Grund and Mackenzie Willborn were selected to represent Team USA at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships, with Bro serving as one of four U.S. coaches in Russia.

Duke Diving will receive the first Dick Wilson Memorial Award, which will annually honor the most improved junior and age group diving team. Led by six junior national titles apiece from Andrew Capobianco and Jordan Windle, Duke Diving finished fourth as a team at the 2014 USA Diving Junior National Championships. The Duke divers improved their team point total by 114 points from the 2013 junior nationals, when Duke was 21st in the team standings. In 2014, nine Duke Divers contributed points to the team totals at junior nationals.