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Chereches, Soldati honored through USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program

Purdue University and Boiler Diving Academy coach Adam Soldati and Gabi Chereches of Longhorn Aquatics have been honored as part of the United States Olympic Committee’s Coach of the Year recognition program for 2013.

Soldati was recognized as the National Coach of the Year for diving, marking the third consecutive year he has received the honor. Chereches was selected as diving’s Developmental Coach of the Year.

Soldati coaches David Boudia, who won the silver medal on 10-meter at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona. With the silver medal, Boudia became the first American male to medal on the event in back-to-back World Championships since 1986. Boudia, an 18-time national champion, won his first career springboard national titles after wins on individual and synchronized 3-meter at the 2013 USA Diving Winter National Championships. In addition, Steele Johnson won the silver medal on platform at the Junior Pan American Diving Championships and won four senior national titles, winning both individual and synchronized 10-meter titles at the AT&T National Diving Championships as well as at winter nationals. Casey Matthews, the 2013 NCAA champion on 3-meter for Purdue, won silver on 3-meter and synchronized 3-meter (with teammate Michelle Cabassol) at winter nationals, and MacKenzie Tweardy was a member of the 2013 World University Games team.

Chereches was named head coach of USA Diving’s Junior Pan American Championships Team after four of his divers were selected to the team. All four of his divers won medals at Junior Pan Ams, and Tarrin Gilliland was recognized as the girls high point winner after coming home with two golds and a bronze in her first Junior Pan Am meet. Maria Coburn, Alison Gibson and Emma Villarreal also won medals at Junior Pan Ams. At the USA Diving Junior National Championships, Longhorn Aquatics placed fifth as a team with just six divers competing in Minneapolis. Gilliland won gold in all three individual events in the 11-and-under age group to become the first female diver to sweep the individual events at junior nationals since 2003. Coburn and Villarreal also won junior national titles. At the USA Diving Winter National Championships, Gilliand (11) and Coburn (12) were among the youngest competitors in the field; Gilliland made the 3-meter finals in her first senior nationals appearance.

Each year, National Governing Bodies from each of the Olympic and Pan American sports are invited to recognize one coach in each category as part of the USOC coach recognition program.

Training Tip Tuesday – Tips from Athletes!

Welcome to our first Training Tip Tuesday! Every week we will feature a tip to help athletes and coaches further their diving in various areas, including practice, competition, dryland training, and more – let us know what types of tips you would like to see by commenting below.

This week, tips from some of our athletes, on the top tip and advice that they have learned and would like to share with their fellow athletes:

Amanda Burke: Just have fun and take in every moment and opportunity! Journaling is one of the best ways to remember things that you felt and learned.

David Dinsmore: Just relax and have fun!

Jessica Parratto: Narrow your focus and focus on yourself to not have any distractions. Try to take one dive at a time.

Cheyenne Cousineau: Even if you have a bad practice, take away the positives. Even if you feel like or think that you’re not improving or getting better; you are!

Sam Dorman: In practice, make every practice count because before you know it you’re going to be diving in that meet that you’ve been practicing for. For competition, focus on what you can control and not what is out of your control.

Boudia/Johnson, Cozad/Young qualify for World Cup in 10-meter synchro events

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) qualified for a third event for this summer’s FINA Diving World Cup after winning the men’s synchronized 10-meter event with Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind.) Sunday at the World Cup Synchronized Diving Trials. Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Tallahassee, Fla.) and Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) also earned spots on the team after winning the women’s 10-meter synchro contest.

The World Cup, to be held July 15-20 in Shanghai, is the top international meet of the 2014 season.

Boudia and Johnson scored 821.40 points over two lists of dives to earn the World Cup berth in 10-meter synchro. Johnson competed with two partners and also finished second with 801.72 points while diving with David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio).

“Today was good. I did 10-meter synchro with both David Dinsmore and David Boudia, and I gave 100 percent on every dive. I’ve been training like it was competition, so competition felt like training. Doing multiple dives, it’s hard to keep up my stamina and my dives towards the end weren’t as good as I wanted them to be, but I still feel like I performed the best that I could,” Johnson said. “I had a lot of fun diving with both of them, and it was really inspirational to be able to dive with my mentor, Olympic gold medalist David Boudia.”

Johnson had already qualified for the World Cup in the individual 10-meter event, while Boudia will dive both individual and synchronized 3-meter as well as synchronized 10-meter at the World Cup.

“I am really excited to be diving 10-meter synchro with Steele in Shanghai. I think we have the ability to do well in the future and World Cup is the first step towards Rio. Obviously doing three events will be difficult, but I have big goals and this is part of them. I will need to stay focused on training smart and go into World Cup with the mentality of running a marathon rather than a sprint,” Boudia said.

Young, a redshirt junior at Florida State, and Cozad, in her first year as FSU assistant diving coach, had the home crowd behind them. Diving in their home pool, the pair scored 626.88 points on two lists of dives to qualify for the World Cup. Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.) and Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) finished second. Cozad and Young led by 12.72 after the morning preliminaries and carried the momentum into the finals.

It was Young’s first time competing in synchronized diving, and she was the one who suggested the potential pairing after Cozad moved to Tallahassee to begin her collegiate coaching career.

“It took some convincing, but I knew we’d be great together. Diving with Amy is one of the best things I could hope for. She makes it so fun,” Young said. “I’ve never competed synchro before, and this was the best first experience I could have had.”

A four-time national champion in synchronized 10-meter, Cozad represented the United States individually on 10-meter at the 2013 World Championships.

“I’ve only been back diving for about three months, but I had a lofty goal and I was prepared to reach it,” Cozad said. “I told Katrina after prelims that when we were diving, I didn’t even have to worry about the synchro. That was the easy part. That’s what I love about diving with her. I just have to hit my dives. She has such a great attitude and works so hard.”

David Boudia and Sam Dorman earn World Cup berth in synchronized 3-meter

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a contest that came down to the final dive, David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) and Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) scored 788.67 points over two lists of dives to edge Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Austin, Texas) and Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) by 2.88 points in the men’s synchronized 3-meter contest Saturday at the World Cup Synchronized Diving Trials.

The win earns Boudia and Dorman a spot at the FINA Diving World Cup, the top international meet of the 2014 season. Boudia had already qualified for the World Cup in the individual 3-meter event after winning the national title at the 2013 USA Diving Winter National Championships, where he and Dorman also won the 3-meter synchro title in their first competition together. The World Cup is set for July 15-20 in Shanghai.

“This is a really cool year because it’s the year before everything really begins. As a new synchro team going to the World Cup, it’s definitely the time to emerge onto the world stage. Sam and I will go into World Cup and hopefully do better than we did today, but it’s always good competing against Mikey and Darian and other divers that you push you to step up your game,” Boudia said.

Boudia has been competing at world-level events since 2006, although the 2014 World Cup will be his first world event competing on springboard. The World Cup will be Dorman’s first major world meet.

“I’m kind of speechless. It’s the first big meet I’ve ever made, so I just want to go and have fun,” Dorman said.

Hixon and Schmidt, who led by 12.88 points after the preliminaries, led by 34.29 points after the fourth round of the finals. In round five, Boudia and Dorman scored 76.38 points on a front 4 ½ tuck before Hixon and Schmidt followed with just 43.86 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck, allowing Boudia and Dorman to pull to within 1.77 points with one round of dives remaining.

In the final round, Boudia and Dorman had the edge in difficulty, performing a reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists (3.5 DD) that earned 88.20 points on marks as high as 9.0. Hixon and Schmidt followed with a reverse 2  ½ with 1 ½ twists (3.3 DD) that went for 84.15 points.

“After the front 4 1/2, I was like, ‘Man, that might be it’, but then they had a little bit of a miss and now we’re back in the game. Three-meter is a little different. I’m still learning how to compete it, so I’ll transition that 10-meter experience down to 3-meter one day,” said Boudia, who won Olympic gold on 10-meter in 2012.

While Boudia was aware of the standings, Dorman was not.

“They kept us on our toes, that’s for sure, but I tend to not look at the scoreboard. I try not to get my head in the game. I just go into autopilot,” Dorman said.

The World Cup Synchronized Diving Trials continue through Sunday, April 13. Sunday’s competition features men’s and women’s synchronized 10-meter diving.

Abby Johnston and Laura Ryan win 3-meter synchro at World Cup Trials

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – 2012 Olympic silver medalist Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) scored 606.60 points over two lists of dives to win the women’s synchronized 3-meter event Friday at USA Diving’s Synchronized Diving World Cup Trials, held at Florida State’s Morcom Aquatic Center.

With their victory, Johnston and Ryan will represent the United States in synchronized 3-meter at the FINA Diving World Cup, set for July 15-20 in Shanghai. The World Cup is the premier international event of the 2014 season.

The World Cup Synchro Trials marked Johnston’s first 3-meter competition since she won the silver medal in synchronized 3-meter with Kelci Bryant at the 2012 Olympic Games.

“I competed 1-meter at two college meets (for Duke) last year, but I’ve had a bad shoulder. This was my first 3-meter meet since the Olympics, so I was a little nervous up there. As soon as I got going, I was reminded why I love competing and why I love diving,” said Johnston, who competed in Shanghai at the 2011 World Championships. “I can’t wait for World Cup. It’ll be good to be back in Shanghai and for me to back in the international scene.”

The World Cup Trials were also the first competition together for Johnston and Ryan, who were matched as a synchronized team at a USA Diving camp less than two weeks ago.

“Abby and I got together a week and a half ago and really got in time quickly. To have a great meet together here was just awesome, and we’re really excited to work even harder for World Cup this summer,” said Ryan, who had already qualified for the World Cup in the individual 3-meter event. “What was so awesome about the two of us was that we came in with the exact same hurdle, so we didn’t have to change much – just a little timing here and there, but mostly we can just focus on our own dives, and that’s been the biggest thing.”

Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) and Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa), who won the national title on synchronized 3-meter at the 2013 USA Diving Winter National Championships, finished second with 533.40 points. Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./State College, Pa.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif./Tallahassee, Fla.) were third with 511.20 points.

The World Cup Synchronized Diving Trials continue through Sunday, April 13. Saturday’s competition features men’s synchronized 3-meter diving.

A Perfect 10: 10 questions with Laura Ryan

Laura RyanFor this month’s Perfect 10, we’ve got 10 questions with national team member Laura Ryan, who recently concluded her collegiate career with NCAA titles on 1-meter and 3-meter while competing for the University of Georgia.

1) Congratulations on a successful finish to a terrific NCAA career. What did it mean to you to finish out with two NCAA titles as well as the team title?

“I had high expectations. To go out with two individual titles and the team championship was such an exciting way to end my career. It was an amazing team to be a part of.”

2) It had to be pretty special just to win, but to have those wins come at Minnesota, where you are from, had to make it even more special. What was it like to have your last NCAAs at that pool?

“It was so awesome to have the best meet of my college career at my home pool. I had my entire family there cheering me on and being my support system. I’ve been working so hard, and it’s amazing to think how far I’ve come. Everything started for me at that pool.”

3) We read an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune after you won … it seems you truly were a member of the swimming AND diving team at Georgia, having been asked by the swim coach to swim on a relay at a dual meet against Emory earlier this year. What do think the swimmers would say if Dan Laak ever asked them to get up on the diving boards?

“I swam all through high school, so that dual meet was just something we did for fun. It was awesome, and I had fun doing it. I’m pretty sure if Dan asked the swimmers to dive, they’d say, ‘No!’”

4) You’ve always been a pretty versatile diver, but up until these past two years, most of your success has come on platform. But lately, you’ve been more of a springboard diver. What would you say has been the difference?

“It’s been a process. I’ve matured as a diver, and that’s helped with the transition to springboard. It’s given me a lot of confidence, and I’ve been training it a lot more. And especially now that I’m done with platform, I can be a lot more focused on springboard.”

5) You finished third on platform at NCAAs to go along with your two titles on the springboard events, so that was a pretty solid all-around meet. Are you sure you’re strictly a springboard diver from this point on? No more 10-meter, really?

“Well, never say never, but I’m pretty confident I’m never going to go off that thing again.”

6) One of the differences between NCAA Diving and USA Diving is that you have to perform a sixth dive on springboard at the NCAA level. You clinched your 3-meter title with a front 2 ½ with 2 twists. That’s a dive that typically only men do, and you did it fairly well at NCAAs. Any plans to compete it internationally?

“My goal was to be able to win an NCAA title with that dive. Looking more long-term, I’d love to do the dive internationally, and I’d like to have it as an option for World Cup. I’m going to keep training it and hopefully I can get it at the level where my full out is at.”

7) The 2016 Olympics are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and you’ve been training with three-time Brazilian Olympian Cesar Castro in Georgia. How have you benefited from having him as a training partner?

“I see him every day and think about where the next Olympics are going to be. Training with him is awesome. I’ve really been able to incorporate a lot of what he’s learned throughout his career into my own training, and that’s been huge for me.”

8) You’ve got a pretty busy schedule these next few months. After the Synchro Trials, you’ve got Grand Prix meets in Puerto Rico and Mexico next month and the FINA World Cup in Shanghai in July. What are you hoping to get out of those competitions?

“My biggest focus for the Grand Prix meets is to just treat them like any other competition. My mindset is to get ready for World Cup. I’m really training hard for World Cup and want to see where I am internationally with a year to go before Olympic qualifying begins. This year is a big opportunity for me to get more international experience.”

9) And speaking of all that travel, what’s one thing you have to take with you on every trip?

“I have to have my noise cancelling headphones. I can’t compete without them.”

10) When you aren’t in class or diving, what do you like to do?

“I like to be outside. I like to hang out at the pool at my apartment, and I like to go to the movies. I just saw Divergent, and it was really good.”


FINA Judges Certification course to be offered in Puerto Rico

There will be a FINA Diving Judges Certification Course May 7-9 in conjunction with the FINA Grand Prix meet in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This is an excellent opportunity for current FINA certified judges to renew their certification or for coaches to enhance their knowledge of the FINA diving rules and how FINA certified judges evaluate their diver’s performances.

This is a self-funded trip and space is normally limited to 30 participants. Each national federation may nominate diving judges for this course. Interested U.S. citizens who would like to participate should contact by April 14, 2014. USA Diving will send one list of names to FINA of USA participants. To be nominated by USA Diving, you must be a current coach and/or official member of USA Diving in good standing. If you are a coach member, all of your certifications, including your background screening, safety and risk management, CPR and first aid, must be current.


Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico (Arrival airport: International Airport of San Jan, SJU)

Arrival: May 6, 2014
Course: May 7-9, 2014
Departure: May 9 evening or May 10 morning

Local Transportation: Please forward your flight arrival and departure information to  Federación Puertoriqueña de Natación contact Isabel Martin, who will inform you of the transportation plan for your arrival and departure. Isabel’s contact information is  and 787-949-2236.

Meeting Venue: Condado Plaza Hotel

Schedule: FINA Diving Certification Course Program

Travel:  Participants are responsible for their own expenses (flight, accommodation and meals).

Accomodation: Accommodations are available at the following hotel: Condado Plaza Hilton. The price of the accommodation per person per day is as follows:
Single Room: $229. Per night, full board
Double Room: $155 Per night, full board.

If you would like a room please email Isabel Martin at :

Visa Needs: U.S. citizens are not required to have visas or passports to enter Puerto Rico.



Fast Five Friday – Dives from AT&T Olympic Performance Squad athletes!

Start your weekend with another Fast Five Friday! Every week, USA Diving will have a “Fast Five Friday”. This feature will consist of five minutes with divers and coaches, five pieces of information, five frequently asked questions, top 5 lists and more! Comment below to let us know what five things, athlete or topic you would like to see featured next Friday!

This week, we announced the 2014 AT&T Olympic Performance Squad. Check out our video of great dives from five men and five women from the AT&T OPS!

USA Diving announces Future Olympic Force, Junior Elite Squad selections

USA Diving is pleased to announce that 30 divers have been selected to the Future Olympic Force and 16 have been named to the Junior Elite Squad for 2014.

The Future Olympic Force is comprised of talented junior divers who have met a challenging set of criteria and who aspire to become members of the Olympic Performance Squad with the goal of competing in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

Future Olympic Force
Grayson Campbell (Vienna, Va.)
Zachary Cooper (Greenwood, Ind.)
Noah Duperre (New Albany, Ohio)
Dashiell Enos (Studio City, Calif.)
Max Flory (Fairfax, Va.)
Henry Fusaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
James Hopper (Old Greenwich, Conn.)
Christopher Law (San Antonio, Texas)
Jackson Miller (Southlake, Texas)
Finn Scribbick (San Antonio, Texas)
Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.)

Sarah Bacon (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Grace Cable (Winter Park, Fla.)
Maria Coburn (Austin, Texas)
Alison Gibson (Austin, Texas)
Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas)
Emily Grund (Keller, Texas)
Camryn Hidalgo (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Daria Lenz (Altadena, Calif.)
Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.)
Maggie Merriman (Orlando, Fla.)
Eszter Pryor (New Albany, Ohio)
Rachel Rubadue (Worthington, Ohio)
Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.)
Brooke Schultz (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Sine Scribbick (San Antonio, Texas)
Carolina Sculti (Rye, N.Y.)
Emma Villarreal (McGregor, Texas)
Nikki Watters (New Albany, Ohio)
Madison Witt (La Canada, Calif.)


The Junior Elite Squad consists of previously identified junior athletes who have demonstrated talent and ability at previous Junior National Championships. USA Diving continues to monitor their progress annually.

Junior Elite Squad
Davis Flanders (Pasadena, Calif.)
Kevin Mendez (Lighthouse Point, Fla.)
Ian Shelton (Vienna, Va.)
Jacob Siler (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Justin Sodokoff (Greenwich, Conn.)
Cameron Thatcher (Powell, Ohio)
Brad Weimer (Columbus, Ohio)
Colten Young (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)

Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (Darien, Conn.)
Wallace Layland (Orlando, Fla.)
Maria Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Alison Maillard (Houston, Texas)
Morgan Meixner (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Jocelyn Porter (Cornelius, N.C.)
Brighida Rosendahl (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Mackenzie Willborn (Flower Mound, Texas)


As part of being selected to these programs, divers may receive prequalification to designated competitions.

For 2014, the following prequalifications have been set:
For 2014 Junior National events:
1. Divers must be eligible for junior events according to USA Diving rules.

2. All members of the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad (OPS), Senior National Team (not on OPS but representing Team USA at a senior international event) or Future Olympic Force (FOF) will be qualified for the preliminaries in any events that they choose to enter at the 2014 Junior National Diving Championships. If any of these divers do participate at a 2014 summer regional or Junior Zone Championships, they will not take an advancing position from another competitor.

3. There will be no prequalified divers to the 2014 East or West Junior National Championships. The top three place finishers in each individual springboard event at the East and West Championships shall be prequalified to the preliminaries of the 2014 Junior Nationals in the same event as per USAD rule 122.1(b).6.  Note: Should one of the top three place finishers be prequalified to Junior Nationals based on membership in the OPS, National Team or FOF, no other diver finishing below third place will be considered for qualification to the 2014 Junior Nationals.

For 2014 Junior Zone events
1. Divers must be eligible for junior events according to USA Diving rules.

2. All members of the Junior Elite Squad (JES) will be qualified for any events that they choose to enter at the 2014 Junior Zone Diving Championships at the zone of their choosing.  If any of these divers participate at a 2014 summer regional, they will not take an advancing position from another competitor. If they do participate at a 2014 summer regional, they also must comply with USA Diving Rule 143.4, which states that divers must compete at the zone championship tied to each corresponding region meet.

Twenty-five divers selected to the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad for 2014

USA Diving has announced the 25 divers selected to the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad for 2014.

The AT&T Olympic Performance Squad includes the divers who most exhibit the skill and determination it takes to become 2016 Olympic Team members. Those selected to the squad for 2014 include divers who competed at the 2013 FINA World Championships, have been named to the 2014 FINA World Cup team or who have been identified by High Performance Director Steve Foley as divers who could play a key role in shaping the 2016 team.

The squad has been proven to be a pipeline to the Olympics as all 11 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for diving were members of the Olympic Performance Squad in the years leading up to London.

AT&T, the exclusive telecommunications partner for USA Diving, expands its support of USA Diving to be the official sponsor of the 2014 AT&T Olympic Performance Squad. AT&T has been a proud partner of USA Diving since 2007, and will continue its relationship through the 2016 Olympic Games.

“Partners like AT&T make competition, travel and top performances possible,” said USA Diving President and CEO Linda Paul. “Having a long-term relationship with AT&T helps strengthen our program while competing at all levels and as we prepare for Rio in the coming years.”

A review of the AT&T Olympic Performance Squad is conducted at the end of each year. Pending U.S. qualification, a maximum of 16 divers will compete for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games.

2014 AT&T Olympic Performance Squad

Men (Hometown/Trains)
David Bonuchi – Columbia, Mo./Columbia, Mo.
David Boudia – Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.
David Dinsmore – New Albany, Ohio/Columbus, Ohio
Sam Dorman – Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.
Dwight Dumais – Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas
Troy Dumais – Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas
Aaron Fleshner – Spring, Texas/Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Michael Hixon – Amherst, Mass./Austin, Texas
Kristian Ipsen – Clayton, Calif./Stanford, Calif.
Steele Johnson – Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.
Nick McCrory – Chapel Hill, N.C./Durham, N.C.
Darian Schmidt – Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington, Ind.
Toby Stanley – Conway, Ark./Indianapolis, Ind.

Women (Hometown/Trains)

Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg – Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas
Amanda Burke – Southampton, Pa./ State College, Pa.
Kassidy Cook – The Woodlands, Calif./Stanford, Calif.
Cheyenne Cousineau – Temperance, Mich./Coral Gables, Fla.
Deidre Freeman – Grinnell, Iowa/Iowa City, Iowa
Anna James – Midland, Texas/Midland, Texas
Abby Johnston – Upper Arlington, Ohio/Columbus, Ohio
Victoria Lamp – Knoxville, Tenn./Knoxville, Tenn.
Jessica Parratto – Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.
Samantha Pickens – Murrysville, Pa./Tucson, Ariz.
Laura Ryan – Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.
Maren Taylor – Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas