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Katrina Young places fifth to lead Team USA on day one of Malaysia Grand Prix

Competition at the FINA Malaysia Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur began Friday with four divers in action for Team USA.

Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) led the way with a fifth-place finish in the women’s 10-meter contest, while Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) was the top finisher for the U.S. men after placing seventh in the 3-meter event.

Young scored 284.85 points to finish fifth in the 10-meter final, led by 72 points on her front 3 ½ pike and 70.40 points on her back 2 ½ with a ½ twists.

China took the top two spots, with Ren Qian scoring 427.80 points for gold and 2013 world champion Si Yajie taking the silver at 385.80. Malaysia’s 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Pandelela Rinong won the Grand Prix bronze with 354.00 in her home country.

Cheyenne Cousineau (Temperance, Mich./Coral Gables, Fla.) also advanced to the women’s platform finals and finished sixth with 246.35 points.

Dorman narrowly missed a spot in the 3-meter finals, finishing seventh overall with 376.25 points. He was fourth in semifinal B, just .35 points behind Colombia’s Sebastian Morales, but only the top three divers from each of the two semifinals advanced to the finals. Aaron Fleshner (Spring, Texas/Tuscaloosa, Ala.) also competed for the U.S. and finished 11th overall and sixth in semifinal B with 310.40 points.

China’s Li Shixin scored 510.70 points in the finals to win gold. Malaysia’s Ooi Tze Liang was second at 461.05, and China’s He Chao took home bronze with 440.65 points.

The Malaysia Grand Prix continues through Sunday, October 26. Saturday’s competition features individual women’s 3-meter and both men’s synchronized events.

USA Diving to offer domestic judges and officials certification course

USA Diving is pleased to announce the development of a Domestic Officials and Judges Certification Course.  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.  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 first course will be held December 15-17, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio in conjunction with the 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships.

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 shadowing 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.

Complete Course Schedule
The course will begin at 9 a.m., Monday, December 15 with classroom lectures, video analysis and discussion, and will conclude at the end of competition on December 17th (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 December 8. 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 at the USA Diving discounted rate are available 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.



Burke and Rittenhouse win bronze in 3-meter synchro at Pan American Festival

Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./State College, Pa.) won the bronze medal in synchronized 3-meter Tuesday at the Pan American Sports Festival in Mexico City.

Rittenhouse and Burke scored 282.90 points for the bronze while competing in their first international meet together as a synchro team. Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware finished with 312.60 points for gold, and Mexico’s Arantxa Chavez and Dolores Hernandez were second with 289.80 points.

Also Tuesday, Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Toby Stanley (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 366.00 points to finish fifth in men’s synchronized 10-meter. Cuba’s Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre were first with 442.08 points, and Mexico’s Jonathan Ruvalcaba and Diego Balleza scored 420.03 points for the silver. Canada’s Philippe Gagne and Vincent Riendeau were third with 385.14 points.

On Monday, Cory Bowersox (Burke, Va./Austin, Texas) and Zac Nees (Hatfield, Pa./State College, Pa.) finished fourth in men’s synchronized 3-meter. The duo scored 365.43 points, 6.99 points behind bronze medalists Jorge Pupo and Rene Hernandez of Cuba. Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco and Rodrigo Diego won gold at 419.40, with silver going to Canada’s Francois Imbeau-Dulac and Philippe Gagne with 385.20 points.

In Monday’s women’s synchronized 10-meter contest, Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Rachel Rubadue (Columbus, Ohio) were fourth with 253.62 points. Canada’s Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito topped the field with 294.33 points, while the Mexican pair of Alejandra Estrella Madrigal and Gabriela Agundez scored 282.54 points for silver. Brazil’s Ingrid Oliveira and Giovanna Pedroso took bronze with 262.20 points.

USA Diving announces roster for FINA Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur

USA Diving has announced its team of 11 athletes that will compete at the FINA Grand Prix meet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Competition is set for October 24-26.

The following divers will represent Team USA at the FINA Grand Prix meet in Malaysia:

Name                                     Event(s) 
Zach Cooper                         10-meter, 10-meter synchro
Cheyenne Cousineau         10-meter
Sam Dorman                         3-meter
Dwight Dumais                     3-meter synchro
Aaron Fleshner                     3-meter, 3-meter synchro
Deidre Freeman                   3-meter synchro
Laura Ryan                            3-meter
Toby Stanley                         10-meter
Maren Taylor                        3-meter, 3-meter synchro
Tanner Wilfong                    10-meter synchro
Katrina Young                      10-meter

Coaches: Dario DiFazio, Pat Greenwell

Rittenhouse, Stanley finish fifth individually at Pan Am Festival

Seven of the eight U.S. team members advanced to the individual finals at the Pan American Festival in Mexico City, with Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Toby Stanley (Fishers, Ind.) leading the way with fifth-place finishes.

Individual events were held Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, with synchronized events set for September 29-30.

Rittenhouse, a 2008 Olympian competing in her first international meet since 2010, scored 308.20 points to finish fifth in the women’s 3-meter springboard final. Teammate Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./State College, Pa.) placed sixth with 288.55. Canada’s Jennifer Abel won gold with 362.40 points, followed by Mexico’s Dolores Hernandez with 336.60 for silver and Canada’s Pamela Ware with 316.90 points for bronze.

Stanley finished fifth in the men’s 10-meter contest after scoring 419.60, while Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./Austin, Texas) placed seventh with 390.15 points. Cuba’s Jeinkler Aguirre scored 475.95 for the gold, finishing 5.75 points ahead of silver medalist Jonathan Ruvalcaba of Mexico. Canada’s Vincent Riendeau won bronze at 433.95.

The U.S. also had two divers in the women’s individual 10-meter final, with Rachel Rubadue (Columbus, Ohio) finishing sixth at 269.65 and Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif.) scoring 259.25 for eighth place. Canada took gold and silver, with Roseline Filion finishing first at 358.80 to edge teammate Meaghan Benfeito by 0.15 points. Mexico’s Gabriela Agundez scored 344.75 for bronze.

Cory Bowersox (Burke, Va./Austin, Texas) advanced to the men’s 3-meter finals and scored 363.10 points to finish eighth. Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco dominated the contest, scoring 511.05 points to win by nearly 100 points. Rodrigo Diego, also of Mexico, finished second at 411.95, with Brazil’s Ian Carlos Matos picking up bronze with 397.20 points. Zac Nees (Hatfield, Pa./State College, Pa.) scored 322.25 to finish 13th in the preliminaries.

Competition continues Monday with Rosendahl and Rubadue in women’s 10-meter synchro and Bowersox and Nees in men’s 3-meter synchro. On Tuesday, Burke and Rittenhouse will pair up in women’s 3-meter synchro, and Anderson and Stanley will dive in men’s 10-meter synchro.

FINA World Diving Coaches and Officials Conference to be held in Orlando

Dear Coaches,

USA Diving and the Central Florida Sports Commission will host the third FINA World Diving Coaches and Officials Conference from November 6-9 in Orlando, Fla. Top-level coaches and officials from across the world will be attending this conference. USA Diving has been provided a very limited number of spots for our current coach and official members to attend and gain valuable knowledge from the conference. This is an exceptional opportunity to be with some of the top coaches and officials from throughout the world. Please note that the topics and discussion will be geared toward coaches and officials with international experience.

Arrival:           November 6, 2014
Conference:  November 6-8, 2014
Departure:     November 9, 2014

U.S. participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Orlando, although USA Diving will cover the cost of hotel and meals during the conference. Space is extremely limited, so please do not book any airfare until USA Diving has confirmed that your request to participate has been accepted.

U.S. participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once space is filled, USA Diving will maintain a wait-list should any coach/official be unable to attend.

Remember space is extremely limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact USA Diving’s Stephanie Babcock at or (317) 237-5226. All requests must be received no later than October 6, 2014.

2014 USA Diving election results

Following are the results of the election conducted during the General Assembly at the annual meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., on September 19.

Board of Directors:
Coach Member – John Proctor
Independent Director – Stephen Starks (voted on by the Board of Directors and approved by the General Assembly)

Rules Committee:
Chair – Hunter Shafer
Zone A- Aaron Hintz
Zone B – Camille Akridge
Zone C – Sean McCarthy
Zone D – Susan Bromberg
Zone E – Yahya Radman
Zone F- Daniel Rosendahl
Administrative – Anneliese Tuymer

Junior Rules Subcommittee:
Chair- Jack Perkins
Zone A- Doe Krug
Zone B – Krista Klein
Zone C- Don Mason
Zone D- Todd Hill
Zone E- CJ Hardy
Zone F- Lia Fusaro

At-large Coach Member – Matt Scoggin
International Diving Representative – Megan Neyer

CCE Senior Diving Subcommittee:
Chair- Julian Krug
Senior Diving At-Large – Abel Sanchez

CCE Junior Diving Subcommittee:
Chair – Sean McCarthy

Chair – Jared Book
Zone A- Wes Mattice
Zone B- Sally Hansell
Zone C – Eric Best
Zone D- Susan Bromberg
Zone E – CJ Hardy
Zone F – Daniel Rosendahl

Finance & Audit Committee:
Coach Member – Jack Perkins

Member Services/ Grassroots Committee:
Chair – Kevin Rockhill
At-large – Zach Hawley

Tom Gompf
Steve McFarland
Bill Walker


Windle fourth on platform, Watters sixth on 3-meter to lead U.S. on final day of Junior Worlds

PENZA, Russia – All four divers who competed for Team USA on the final day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships advanced to the finals, led by Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.), who placed fourth in the boys’ group A platform final. Nikki Watters (New Albany, Ohio) was sixth in the girls’ group B 3-meter final, while Christopher Law (San Antonio, Texas) was 11th on platform and Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) was 12th on 3-meter.

Windle finished with 531.80 points on platform, opening the finals with 94.25 points on his front 4 ½ tuck and later adding 70 or more points on two other dives as he finished 4.2 points behind bronze medalist Kyle Kothari of Great Britain, who scored 536 points. China took the top two spots, with Tai Xiaohu taking gold at 565.55 and Li Ping’an scoring 538.50 for bronze. Law finished 11th with 459.55 points, closing out his list with 73.8 points on a back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists.

Watters scored 368.15 points to lead the U.S in the group B 3-meter contest. She started the finals with 52.65 points on an inward 2 ½ tuck to sit in 11th place with two dives to go and jumped to sixth after scoring 67.20 points on a reverse 2 ½ tuck and 63 points on a back 2 ½ tuck. Grund finished 12th with 322 points, with her best dive coming in the last round when she scored 58.05 points on her inward 2 ½ tuck. Australia’s Georgia Sheehan scored 407.65 points to take the gold, with silver going to China’s Song Anxin at 404.30 and bronze to Germany’s Christina Wassen at 400.40.

Delaney Schnell places fourth, Camryn Hidalgo ninth on platform at Junior Worlds

PENZA, Russia – Led by a fourth-place finish from Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.), Team USA had two divers place in the top 10 in the girls’ group A (16-18) platform Saturday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships. Joining Schnell in the finals was Camryn Hidalgo (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who finished ninth.

After placing seventh in the preliminaries, Schnell jumped to fourth after the finals, finishing with 420.35 points. She scored more than 67 points on three of her four dives in the finals, receiving 72 points on her inward 3 ½ tuck, 67.50 points on her front 3 ½ pike and 67.20 points on her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists.

Hidalgo scored 393.55 points, highlighted by 68.80 points on her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists in the finals, in her ninth-place finish. She received 54 points, earning 9s from five judges, on her inward 1 ½ pike in the preliminaries.

Australia’s Lara Tarvit finished atop the leaderboard with 438.05 points for gold, while Mexico’s Alejandra Orozco took the silver at 434.55. China’s Lian Jie scored 425.50 points for the bronze.

Also on Saturday, Ben Bramley (Wellesley, Mass.) and Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C.) competed in the boys’ group B (14-15) 3-meter event. Bramley scored 354.40 points for 22nd, with his best dive coming in the last round when he scored 57.40 points on a back 1 ½ with 2 ½ twists. Capobianco finished 27th with 314.65 points, including 53.20 points on his back 1 ½ with 2 ½ twists.

The FINA World Junior Diving Championships come to a close Sunday with Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) and Nikki Watters (New Albany, Ohio) in group B 3-meter and Christopher Law (San Antonio, Texas) and Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) in group A platform.

Windle, Fusaro advance to 1-meter finals at FINA Junior Worlds

PENZA, Russia – Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) and Henry Fusaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) advanced to the group A (16-18) 1-meter finals Friday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships, while Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) and Mackenzie Willborn (Flower Mound, Texas) placed eighth in synchronized 3-meter.

Windle scored 448.00 points to place 10th on 1-meter, highlighted by 63.70 points on a front 1 ½ with two twists and 63 points on a reverse 2 ½ tuck. Fusaro placed 12th with 423.10 points, with 55.80 points on an inward 2 ½ tuck and 54.60 points on a front 2 ½ pike. Both Windle and Fusaro also advanced to the 3-meter finals earlier in the week. Colombia’s Alejandro Arias won the 1-meter gold at 531.20, with Mexico’s Rodrigo Diego scoring 511.25 to edge China’s Huang Bowenby .95 points for the silver.

Emily Grund (Keller, Texas) and Mackenzie Willborn (Flower Mound, Texas) paired for 239.67 points for eighth place in girls’ synchronized 3-meter. China’s Wu Chunting and Song Anxin scored 281.70 points for the gold, edging silver medalists Naomi Gowlett and Georgia Sheehan of Australia by 1.02 points. Russia’s Elena Chernykh and Maria Polyakova won bronze with 267 points.

Also on Friday, Colten Young (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs, N.C.) represented Team USA in the boys’ group B (14-15) platform event. Young finished 19th with 329.95 points, led by 53.20 points on a back 2 ½ tuck from the 7.5-meter platform. Capobianco scored 315.20 points for 24th place, with 51.60 points on his front armstand double somersault and 51 points on a his back 1 ½ with a half twist.

The FINA World Junior Diving Championships continue through Sunday, September 14. Saturday’s competition features Capobianco and Ben Bramley (Wellesley, Mass.) in group B 3-meter and Camryn Hidalgo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) in group A platform.