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Three divers compete in Saturday finals at World University Games

Three Team USA divers competed in the finals of their respective events Saturday at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. Rachel Mumma (Harrisburg, Pa./NC State University) finished eighth in the women’s 1-meter final, while Jack Nyquist (Alpharetta, Ga./University of North Carolina) was 10th and JB Kolod (Pittsburgh, Pa./University of Virginia) 11th in the men’s 3-meter final.

Nyquist scored 364 points to finish 10th in the men’s 3-meter finals, while Kolod was 11th with 358 points. Kolod was 10th and Nyquist 12th in Friday’s semifinals to earn their spots in the finals. On Friday, Kolod was 14th and Nyquist 15th in the preliminaries. Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas/SMU) scored 314.80 points to finished 22nd in the prelims; the top 18 advanced to semifinals.

Mumma finished eighth on 1-meter after scoring 218.50 points in the finals. She earned her spot in the finals after placing third in the preliminaries and then placing second in one of two semifinals on Friday. Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./University of Arizona) just missed a spot in the finals. She finished fourth in her semifinal and ninth overall with 245.75 points in the semifinals. The top two divers in the preliminaries automatically advanced to the finals, while places three through 12 moved onto the semis. The top three divers in each semifinal qualified for finals. Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich./University of Missouri) also competed for Team USA and finished 19th with 224.20 points in the preliminaries.

The diving events at the World University Games continue through Thursday, July 9. On Sunday, Klein and Bradley Christensen (Southlake, Texas/Stanford) will compete synchronized 3-meter and Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles/Northwestern) will dive women’s platform.


Samantha Bromberg to replace Mary Beth Dunnichay on Pan American Team

INDIANAPOLIS – Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) has been added to the U.S. Pan American Team after Mary Beth Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) withdrew due to injury. Diving events at the Pan American Games are set for July 10-13 in Toronto, Ontario.

Bromberg is a six-time national champion, with three individual 10-meter titles, two synchronized 10-meter titles and one mixed synchronized 10-meter title.

Dunnichay was to compete in the synchronized 10-meter competition with Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) as well as in the individual 10-meter event. Bromberg will replace her on both events. Dunnichay and Schnell earned their spot on the team after placing second together at the USA Diving Synchronized National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., in April.

While Schnell has not competed synchronized 10-meter with any diver other than Dunnichay, she and Bromberg were identified as a potential pairing at a synchronized assessment camp in January. When replacing one athlete and not the entire synchronized team, the Pan American Games selection procedures indicate that a compatible diver as recommended by USA Diving’s High Performance Director and approved by the Committee for Competitive Excellence shall replace the injured athlete.

This latest setback continues a string of injuries for Dunnichay, who earlier this year returned to international competition for the first time since 2011 when she competed with Schnell at a FINA World Series meet in London in May.

The U.S. Pan American Diving Team is subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

U.S. Pan American Diving Team
Men’s 3-meter and synchronized 3-meter
Cory Bowersox (Burke, Va./Austin, Texas)
Zac Nees (Hatfield, Pa./State College, Pa.)

Women’s 3-meter and synchronized 3-meter
Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa)
Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas)

Men’s 10-meter and synchronized 10-meter
Zachary Cooper (Trafalgar, Ind./Indianapolis, Ind.),
Ryan Hawkins (Charlotte, N.C./Blacksburg, Va.),

Women’s 10-meter and synchronized 10-meter
Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas)
Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.)

Coaching Staff                                            
Head Coach: Matt Scoggin (University of Texas)
Team Leader/Coach: Todd Waikel (University of Iowa)
Coach: Dennis Ceppa (Penn State University)


Abby Johnston added to World Championships team on 3-meter

INDIANAPOLIS – Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) has been awarded a roster spot in the women’s individual 3-meter event for this summer’s FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

The roster addition was approved by USA Diving’s Committee for Competitive Excellence (CCE).

Johnston, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, had already made the World Championships team on synchronized 3-meter and mixed synchronized 3-meter.

Johnston had intended to compete for an individual 3-meter spot at the individual World Championship Trials in Bloomington, Ind., from May 15-17 but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Two spots on each individual event were available at the trials, although divers also needed to meet a minimum score of 870 points over three lists of dives to be selected on women’s 3-meter. Only Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) met the required score, so only one spot was filled.

Because she was unable to compete at trials, Johnston petitioned the CCE for an opportunity to earn the unfilled spot.

Johnston performed three lists of dives before a panel of assessors at a team training camp in Iowa City, Iowa on June 13-14. She scored 976.15 points, well above the required score needed to make the team.

Following her performance at the training camp, the CCE approved Johnston’s petition to compete individually on 3-meter at the World Championships.

The World Championships are set for July 24-August 2. They are the first major opportunity for countries to earn quota spots for the 2016 Olympic Games.


Competition schedule for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving announced

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving are officially one year out. Competition will be held June 18-26, 2016 at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis. The Trials will determine the divers who will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Preliminary and semifinal competition is scheduled for June 18-21, with finals beginning June 22.

More than 150 divers have already qualified for the Trials, with additional qualifying opportunities still to come.

USA Diving is partnering with Indiana Sports Corp on the event.

Event Schedule*
Saturday, June 18
11 a.m. – Men’s synchronized 3-meter preliminaries, followed by women’s synchronized 10-meter preliminaries
8-10 p.m. – Men’s synchronized 3-meter semifinals, followed by women’s synchronized 10-meter semifinals

Sunday, June 19
11 a.m. – Women’s synchronized 3-meter preliminaries, followed by men’s synchronized 10-meter preliminaries
8-10 p.m. – Women’s synchronized 3-meter semifinals, followed by men’s synchronized 10-meter semifinals

Monday, June 20
10 a.m. – Men’s 3-meter preliminaries, followed by women’s 10-meter preliminaries
7-11 p.m. – Men’s 3-meter semifinals, followed by women’s 10-meter semifinals

Tuesday, June 21
10 a.m. – Women’s 3-meter preliminaries, followed by men’s 10-meter preliminaries
7-11 p.m. – Women’s 3-meter semifinals, followed by men’s 10-meter semifinals

Wednesday, June 22
9-11 p.m. – Men’s synchronized 3-meter final, followed by women’s synchronized 10-meter final

Thursday, June 23
7-9 p.m. – Women’s synchronized 3-meter final, followed by men’s synchronized 10-meter final

Friday, June 24
No competition

Saturday, June 25
5-8 p.m. – Women’s 3-meter final, followed by men’s 3-meter final

Sunday, June 26
4-8 p.m. – Women’s 10-meter final, followed by men’s 10-meter final

*This schedule is tentative and subject to change.


Drew Johansen named head coach of World Championships team

Indiana University diving coach Drew Johansen has been named head coach of USA Diving’s team for the upcoming FINA World Championships, to be held July 24-August 2 in Kazan, Russia.

Four of the athletes on the World Championships team are coached by Johansen, with Amy Cozad (Indianapolis/Bloomington, Ind.) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) set to compete women’s 10-meter and 10-meter synchro, Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) on men’s 1-meter and 3-meter, and Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) on men’s 3-meter.

Johansen also was head coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for diving.

The U.S. coaching staff for the World Championships also includes Randy Ableman, Nunzio Esposto and Dan Laak.

A message from USA Diving President and CEO Linda Paul

Dear members,

With the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials now about a year away and with Olympic Day coming up on June 23, I wanted to address a few key things.

By Congressional Statute, the United States Olympic Committee gave USA Diving the authority to serve as the national governing body of diving in the United States in January 1981. What you may not know is that our own Micki King played an instrumental role in that coming to fruition. As the charter chairperson of the USOC’s Athlete Advisory Council, Micki served on President Gerald Ford’s commission to study Olympic sports. The findings from that commission resulted in the adoption of legislation that led to each sport’s independence. That report, completed in 1977, launched the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 that mandated each sport be autonomous, self-governing and recognized by its international federation.

In 1981, as this new organization (USA Diving) got its wings, it received an invitation from the Indiana Sports Corporation to establish its headquarters at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. The move would take place in late 1982.

As an organization, USA Diving has grown a great deal these past 34 years. We have increased our funding, membership and programs, built a better governance structure, established a foundation, supported research in diving, and created a safety and education program for coaches. We have done all of this while teaching divers of all ages how to safely follow their diving goals, whether they are recreational, grassroots, junior, senior, Masters or the Olympic Games. Among the many benefits are lifelong friendships and life lessons learned and for some, college scholarships and careers in sports.

As a membership organization made up primarily of athlete and coach members, we are charged with leading the growth and development of diving in the United States. We count on you to tell us when we get it right and when we don’t. Our job is to listen and be the organization you need to pursue your diving dreams, whatever those may be. Our membership voted to adopt some new ideas that have taken place this year, including the new Synchronized Diving Nationals and changes to the structure of the junior and senior diving programs.

I will be honest. These changes have been challenging on many levels. In fact we recently made some adjustments to the schedule for the AT&T Nationals in Orlando after hearing from you, our members. Not everyone has been pleased with the changes, but I know that they have created some good, positive dialogue on how to fix things. We have also received some positive feedback about the new Synchro Nationals. It is one of the keystone moments that I know will put us in a much better position in the end.

Independence was important to us when we were established 34 years ago, and it is still important. Great things can come from working together with conflicting views. It is a tough world out there. Many other countries receive government funding, and the technical side diving is advancing at warp speed. That should be the fuel to light our fire to reach higher, want more and demand more (in a civil and respectful way, of course).

With that, we want to see everyone involved in some way. Speak up. Join in. Participation is key.

In a few weeks, you will have a chance to participate in a survey. We also encourage you to come to convention in October. Consider being on a committee or getting involved locally. Participate in a local Olympic Day event in your hometown. Visit our home office and the city of Indianapolis for the Winter National Championships this December and the Olympic Trials next June to see where our story started. We have a rich history to be proud of and this story has only just begun. Help us write the next chapter by being part of USA Diving.

Thank you for your membership, and we hope to see you in fun Orlando. We have an awesome host in Mark Ruiz and his team!!

Linda Paul

Important changes to the schedule for the 2015 AT&T National Diving Championships

At the 2013 and 2014 annual meetings, USA Diving’s members passed a new competitive structure that involves the 2015 AT&T National Diving Championships. As the event fast approaches, many of you have expressed concerns about the schedule for the junior portion of the event as it has become clear that the process of implementing the new structure has created additional challenges for divers and their families.

USA Diving is a membership organization, and our job is to serve you – our members. We, too, have recognized the challenges, and after many hours of behind-the-scenes work, USA Diving has determined it is in the best interest of our members to make changes to the schedule of the junior events.

In a nutshell, the qualifying procedures will not change, but the schedule will. The original schedule had four days of preliminaries, followed by a day off, and then four days of semifinals and finals. The new schedule has nine consecutive days of junior competition, with most events having either preliminaries and semifinals on the same day followed by finals the next day—or preliminaries on one day followed by semifinals and finals on the next day. (Summary of revised Junior Schedule / For a more detailed schedule, please see the official event page.)

While we realize this new schedule is still not ideal for everyone, we believe this change is in the best interest of the participants and will offer a better competitive environment. No longer will a diver possibly compete on Day One and not compete again in the same event until Day Seven. Having all sessions of a given event completed within back-to-back days should be much more conducive to making travel plans.

We’ve also made platform either the first or last event in as many age groups as possible so that divers who only dive springboard do not have a break of several days in between their springboard events. In addition, we’ve provided adequate practice time throughout the week, and on most days there are at least two hours of open practice available. (Some days have up to five hours available.)

The open (or “senior”) portion of the meet will not change.

To those of you who have shared your thoughts and concerns—we thank you for bearing with us as we work through this new competitive structure for the first time. We hope the new schedule will offer a much better overall experience for as many of our members as possible. We’re absolutely committed to making the 2015 AT&T Nationals a great experience for everyone, and hope to make 2016 even better.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando!

Dorman and Ipsen place sixth at final 2015 World Series competition

Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) and Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.) finished sixth in the men’s 3-meter contest Friday at the FINA Diving World Series in Merida, Mexico.

Dorman and Ipsen finished with 401.28 points, including three optional dives that scored more than 75 points.

The American pair was 10.92 points out of fifth place and 16.35 points behind bronze medalists Patrick Hausding and Stephan Feck of Germany. China’s He Chong and He Chao took the gold with 436.53 points, while Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco and Jahir Ocampo scored 420.99 points for silver.

David Boudia and Steele Johnson were to have competed on 10-meter but withdrew due to injury.

The competition in Mexico was the final stop on the 2015 FINA Diving World Series circuit.

USA Diving announces World University Games team

INDIANAPOLIS – Eleven divers will represent the United States at the World University Games in Gwangju City, South Korea, from July 3-14.

The team includes national champion and World University Games veteran Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa./University of Arizona), who will compete on both 1-meter and 3-meter. Pickens, who won the 1-meter title at the 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships, will also represent the U.S. at this summer’s FINA World Championships. Pickens competed at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, where she placed fifth on 1-meter and ninth on 3-meter.

Rounding out the women’s team are Haley Allen (Midland, Texas/will attend Ohio State in the fall), Emma Ivory-Ganja (The Woodlands, Texas/University of Texas), Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich./University of Missouri), Rachel Mumma (Harrisburg, Pa./NC State) and Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif./will attend Northwestern in the fall).

The men’s team features five divers who will make their World University Games debut in South Korea. Bradley Christensen (Southlake, Texas/Stanford), Briadam Herrera (Havana, Cuba/Miami), Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas/SMU), JB Kolod (Pittsburgh, Pa./University of Virginia) and Jack Nyquist (Alpharetta, Ga./University of North Carolina)

Abel Sanchez (North Carolina) and Jamie Sweeney (Missouri) will coach the squad.

The team was chosen based on results from the 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Each country can enter a maximum of six divers per gender into the individual events, with up to three divers competing per event. USA Diving’s selection procedures called for the top two eligible divers from Winter Nationals who met the selection criteria to be selected to each individual event, with the third diver to be selected from among divers already on the team who also met the criteria. However, because of the proximity of events on the calendar, any diver selected to the Pan American Games or to the World Championships team in an Olympic event was ineligible for the World University Games. After following the selection procedures, a number of vacant spots remained on the team. As such, USA Diving’s Committee for Competitive Excellence approved adding Mumma and Nyquist to the team as a third diver for women’s 1-meter and men’s 3-meter. Both divers met the criteria to be selected based on their performances at Winter Nationals.

Any additional vacant spots on the team may be filled by divers already on the team or may be left unfilled. Those decisions will be made closer to the competition.

USA Diving roster for World University Games

Women’s 1-meter
Samantha Pickens
Lauren Reedy
Rachel Mumma

Women’s 3-meter
Samantha Pickens
Emma Ivory-Ganja

Women’s 10-meter
No divers

Women’s 3-meter synchro
Olivia Rosendahl and Haley Allen

Women’s 10m synchro
No team

Men’s 1-meter
Briadam Herrera

Men’s 3-meter
Jakob (JB) Kolod
Bryce Klein
Jack Nyquist

Men’s 10-meter
No divers

Men’s 3m Synchro
Bryce Klein and Bradley Christensen

Men’s 10-meter synchro
No team

Coaches: Abel Sanchez, Jamie Sweeney

Steele Johnson places fourth on 10-meter at World Series in Windsor

Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) finished fourth in the individual men’s 10-meter final Sunday at the FINA Diving World Series in Windsor, Ontario. Olympic champion David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) finished seventh overall but did not advance to the final.

Johnson scored 503.45 points in the final, including 98.05 points on his front 4 ½ tuck and 91.80 points on his back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists. China’s Yang Jian scored more than 100 points on two dives – including 116.85 points on a front 4 ½ pike – to win gold with 567.25 points. Lin Yue of China was second at 533.65, and Olympic bronze medalist Tom Daley of Great Britain scored 511.50 points for the bronze.

Johnson advanced to the finals after finishing first in semifinal B with 477.20 points. The top three divers in each of two semifinals advance to the finals.

Boudia finished fourth in semifinal A. He was in position to advance with two rounds left in his semifinal but scored just 44.40 points on his front 4 ½ tuck in round five to knock him out of a spot in the finals. He finished with a six-dive total of 462.70.

On Friday, Boudia and Johnson paired for the silver medal in synchronized 10-meter.

The 2015 FINA Diving World Series comes to a close next week with the final stop in Merida, Mexico.