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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.

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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.

Johnston/Ryan, Bowersox/Nees lead synchro prelims at Winter Nationals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) and Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) will take a three-point lead into Saturday’s women’s synchronized 3-meter finals after finishing first in Friday’s preliminaries at the USA Diving Winter National Championships. Cory Bowersox (Burke, Va./Austin, Texas)and Zac Nees (Hatfield, Pa./State College, Pa.) are the leaders after the men’s 3-meter synchro prelim, with that final set for Sunday.

Johnston and Ryan finished with 291.90 on their preliminary list, three points ahead of the second-place team of Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.). Johnston and Ryan were in second after three rounds of dives and took the lead with 65.70 points on their fourth-round inward 2 ½ pike. Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./State College, Pa.) qualified third with 279.30 points.

Bowersox and Nees scored 406.29 points, highlighted by a 93.48-point front 4 ½ tuck that was the highest scoring dive by any team in the preliminaries. They closed out their list with 80.58 points on their inward 3 ½ tuck. Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas/Dallas, Texas) and Bradley Christensen (Southlake, Texas/Stanford, Calif.) scored 381.87.87 to finish second, while Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) and Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) were third with 367.98 points.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships continue through Sunday, December 21. Saturday’s competition features finals in men’s synchronized 10-meter, women’s synchronized 3-meter, men’s individual 3-meter, and women’s individual 10-meter.

Rittenhouse, Loschiavo atop the women’s 3-meter, men’s 10-meter semifinal standings at Winter Nationals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) earned the top qualifying spot into Sunday’s women’s 3-meter finals after finishing in first place following Thursday’s semifinals at the USA Diving Winter National Championships. Brandon Loschiavo (Huntington Beach, Calif.) is the top qualifier into the men’s 10-meter finals, also set for Sunday.

Rittenhouse was the only women’s 3-meter diver to score more than 300 points in both the preliminaries and semifinals and heads into the finals with 619.45 points. She scored 71.30 points on her front 3 ½ pike in the prelims and earned more than 60 points on six other dives throughout the day.

Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) stands in second place at 600.90, and Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./Tucson, Ariz.) qualified third at 574.00. 2012 Olympic silver medalist Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) returned to her hometown for nationals and also earned a spot into the finals after qualifying in fifth place.

Loschiavo qualified first into the men’s 10-meter finals after combining for 861.85 points over two lists in the preliminaries and semifinals. His back 3 ½ tuck in the preliminaries scored 92.40 points, good for the highest score from any diver throughout the day. In the semifinals, he picked up 86.40 points on his inward 3 ½ tuck and 88.80 points on his front 4 ½.

Defending winter national champion Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) qualified second with 844.35 points, while Rafael Quintero (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico/Tucson, Ariz.) is third at 836.50.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships continue through Sunday, December 21. Friday’s competition features men’s and women’s synchronized 3-meter preliminaries.

Troy Dumais, Jessica Parratto lead 3-meter, 10-meter semifinals at Winter Nationals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four-time Olympian Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) stands in first place after Wednesday’s men’s 3-meter semifinals at the USA Diving Winter National Championships, while Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) leads the women’s 10-meter standings after those semifinals. Both finals are set for Saturday.

Dumais heads into the finals with 902.05 points in the preliminaries and semifinals. In second place after the morning preliminaries, Dumais took the lead after the fourth round of the semifinals with an 81.60-points inward 3 ½ tuck and followed up with 84 points on a reverse 3 ½ tuck and 90.10 points on a front 2 ½ with 2 twists.

Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.), the leader after the preliminaries, heads into the finals in second place with 877.80 points, while Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) is in third place at 873.35. Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.), who won the 1-meter gold on Tuesday, is in fourth place with 839.75 points. Scores carry over into the final.

Parratto led after both the preliminaries and semifinals, finishing her two lists of dives with 697.15 points. In the semifinals, she scored 80 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck and added 79.20 points on her back 3 ½ tuck. Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) scored 665.10 to head into the finals in second place, while Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) is in third with 658.25 points. Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind.) is fourth at 649.55.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships continue through Sunday, December 21. Thursday’s competition features women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter preliminaries and semifinals.


Ipsen, Pickens win first two titles awarded at 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first two gold medals of the 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships were awarded Tuesday as 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) won the men’s 1-meter gold and Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./Tucson, Ariz.) took the women’s 1-meter title.

With their victories, Ipsen and Pickens earned spots on the 2015 World Championships team. Also qualifying for the World Championships were Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) and 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.), who won the silver medals in the 1-meter events.

Ipsen finished with a score of 871.80 points over two lists of dives to win his 10th career national title and first on 1-meter.He was in second place, 6.25 points behind Hixon after the morning preliminaries.Hixon maintained the lead through four rounds of the finals before Ipsen scored 83.20 on his reverse 2 ½ pike in the fifth round to move into the top spot. Ipsen rounded out the night with 86.40 points on a reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists, the most difficult dive performed in the finals.

“For prelims, it felt a little bit rocky. I hadn’t been in a long contest with that many divers since NCAAs and I hadn’t been to a nationals in a while, so I was a little bit nervous. In the final, it was fun. It felt more like something I was used to. With only eight people, it moved really fast and I feel most comfortable in a competition setting like that where you can stay loose and keep going,” Ipsen said. “I’m really excited about it, and I’m excited to back on the world team. I took a little break for awhile, so it’s fun to be back.”

Hixon finished second with 861.40 points, while Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) placed third with 830.25 points.

Pickens won her first national title after finishing with 566.35 points on her two lists of dives to edge Rittenhouse, who scored 563.90 points for second. Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich./Columbia, Mo.) was third at 544.15. Pickens was third after the preliminaries but just 3.6 points out of first heading into the finals. She moved into second place after the first round of the finals and held on to that second spot until the last round. Trailing Rittenhouse by 4.3 points with one round to go, Pickens closed out the night with 58.50 points on her reverse 1 ½ with 1 ½ twists to jump into first place.

“I’m really, really excited to win my first national title on 1-meter. It was so close between me and Ariel. Everyone just dove so well. It was really exciting going into the last dive. I didn’t know exactly what the points were, but when I saw my name was in first, it was a great moment,” Pickens said. “I’m really excited to be representing Team USA at World Championships.”

In preliminary action Tuesday, Toby Stanley (Pendleton, Ind.) and Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) scored 371.01 points to lead the men’s synchronized 10-meter field heading into Saturday’s finals. Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) finished first with 283.44 points in the women’s synchronized 10-meter prelims, with the final set for Sunday.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships continue through December 21. Wednesday’s events feature men’s 3-meter and women’s 10-meter preliminaries and semifinals.