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Gracia Leydon Mahoney wins bronze in mixed international team event at Youth Olympic Games

USA’s Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.) paired with Ukraine’s Pylyp Tkachenko to close out the Youth Olympic Games with a bronze medal in the mixed international team competition Wednesday in Nanjing, China.

Leydon Mahoney and Tkachenko scored 354.00 points on their six dives to finish with the bronze medal. Mexico’s Alejandra Orozco and Norway’s Daniel Jensen scored 379.50 points for the gold, while China’s Wu Shengping and Egypt’s Mohab Elkordy were second with 374.90 points.

The mixed international team competition paired one male and one female diver from different countries, with pairings determined by results in the individual 3-meter and 10-meter events earlier in the Games. In the mixed team event, each diver must do three dives, with at least one dive from 3-meter and one from 10-meter. Each diver must perform one dive with an assigned degree of difficulty of 2.0 as well as two dives with no degree of difficulty limit. Each of the six groups of dives must be performed.

Leydon Mahoney performed a front 1 ½ pike from 10-meter for 42 points. On 3-meter, she earned 58.80 points on her back 2 ½ tuck and 63 points on her reverse 2 ½ tuck. Tkachenko did two dives on 10-meter, scoring 48 points on an armstand front somersault and 64 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck. He added 78.20 points on his front 2 ½ with two twists from 3-meter.

Leydon Mahoney finished fourth in Monday’s individual women’s 3-meter event and was eighth on 10-meter on Saturday. Dashiell Enos (Studio City, Calif.) placed sixth for Team USA in Sunday’s men’s 3-meter final.

Gracia Leydon Mahoney finishes fourth on 3-meter at Youth Olympic Games

Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.) finished fourth in the women’s 3-meter springboard contest Monday at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Leydon Mahoney scored 429.45 points in the 3-meter event, which was won by China’s Wu Shengping, who also took the platform gold on Saturday. Wu finished with 492.05 points for the 3-meter victory, with silver going to Ukraine’s Ganna Krasnoshlyk with 459.10 points. Malaysia’s Loh Zhiayi, the silver medalist on platform, scored 446.70 points to win the 3-meter bronze.

After placing fifth with 401.50 points in the preliminaries, Leydon Mahoney opened the 3-meter finals with 52.65 points on her inward 2 ½ tuck and then followed up with 54.60 points on her back 2 ½ tuck. She had her best dive in the third round of the finals, earning 63 points on a reverse 2 ½ tuck, and then finished out the evening with 53.65 points on her reverse 1 ½ with 2 ½ twists.

Diving events at the Youth Olympic Games continue through August 27. Leydon Mahoney will compete in the mixed international team competition on Wednesday, with a partner to be determined after Tuesday’s men’s 10-meter competition. Earlier in the week, Leydon Mahoney finished eighth in the women’s 10-meter contest.

Dashiell Enos places sixth on 3-meter at Youth Olympic Games

Dashiell Enos (Studio City, Calif.) placed sixth in the men’s 3-meter event as diving competition continued Sunday at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Enos scored 535.75 points in the 3-meter contest, which was won by China’s Yang Hao with 613.80 points. Mexico’s Rodrigo Diego won the silver at 593.65, and Canada’s Philippe Gagne scored 566.75 for the bronze.

Enos opened the finals with 72 points on his front 2 ½ with one twist and followed with 68.20 points on his front 3 ½ pike. He then scored 54 points on his back 2 ½ pike, a dive he missed for just 40.50 points while finishing eighth in the morning preliminaries, and then picked up 58.50 points on his reverse 2 ½ pike. He closed out his performance with 67.50 points on his inward 2 ½ pike.

Diving events at the Youth Olympic Games continue through August 27. Next up for Team USA will be Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.) in Monday’s women’s 3-meter event, with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. local time. She finished eighth in Saturday’s women’s 10-meter contest.

Gracia Leydon Mahoney places eighth on 10-meter at Youth Olympic Games

Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.) made her Youth Olympic Games debut Saturday, placing eighth in the women’s 10-meter platform contest in Nanjing, China.

The 18-year-old Leydon Mahoney scored 375.25 points in the platform event, which was dominated by China’s Wu Shengping. Wu finished with 526.20, 75.55 points ahead of silver medalist Loh Zhiayi of Malaysia. Mexico’s Alejandro Orozco, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist in synchronized platform, won the bronze with 430.25 points.

After placing seventh with 373.25 pointsin the preliminaries, Leydon Mahoney opened the finals with 63 points on her reverse 2 ½ tuck but then missed on her inward 3 ½ tuck for just 43.20 points. She rebounded with 65.60 points on her armstand double back with 1 ½ twists in round three of the finals before closing out her list with 52.80 points on a back 1 ½ somersaults with 3 ½ twists.

Diving events at the Youth Olympic Games continue through August 27. Leydon Mahoney will next compete Monday, August 25 in the women’s 3-meter event. Before then, USA’s Dashiell Enos (Studio City, Calif.) will compete in Sunday’s men’s 3-meter contest, with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. local time.

NBC Sports Network’s daily coverage of the Games will include diving. For the TV schedule, click here. Live and on-demand video is available at Olympic.tv, and complete information about the Games can be found at nanjing2014.org.

 

 

Youth Olympic Games broadcast schedule

Gracia Leydon Mahoney (Newton, Mass.) and Dashiell Enos (Studio City, Calif.) are set to compete for Team USA at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Competition begins August 23 with women’s 10-meter preliminaries at 10 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET, Friday, August 22) and finals at 5 p.m. Men’s 3-meter is set for August 24, women’s 3-meter on August 25 and men’s 10-meter on August 26. A mixed team event is set for August 27.

Live and on-demand video will be available at Olympic.tv.

Additionally, NBC, NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports are broadcasting the Games, with Olympic champion Laura Wilkinson providing commentary for the diving events.

The broadcast schedule for the days that feature diving is as follows (all times are ET, and the diving events are expected to be included in the NBC Sports Network portion of the broadcast):

Sat., August 23
4-7 p.m.               Universal Sports Network
9-11 p.m.             NBCSN

Sun., August 24
Noon-1 p.m.      NBC
4-7 p.m.               Universal Sports Network
8-10 p.m.             NBCSN

Mon., August 25
5-7 p.m.               Universal Sports Network
7-9 p.m.               NBCSN

Tues., August 26
5-7 p.m.               Universal Sports Network
7-9 p.m.               NBCSN

Wed., August 27
5-7 p.m.               Universal Sports Network
7-8 p.m.               NBCSN

Coverage can also be accessed at http://stream.nbcsports.com/liveextra/

Rittenhouse, Windle win individual golds on final day of AT&T Nationals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) won the women’s 3-meter title, while Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.) took gold in men’s 10-meter as the AT&T National Diving Championships came to a close Sunday. Other winners on the final day of competition were Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) and Emma Ivory-Ganja (The Woodlands, Texas/Austin, Texas) won women’s synchronized 10-meter, and Cory Bowersox (Burke, Va./Austin, Texas) and Zac Nees (Hatfield, Pa.) won men’s synchronized 3-meter.

Windle, who won four gold medals at the junior national championships, scored 527.80 points to win his first senior national title. He opened the contest with 103.60 points on a front 4 ½ tuck and followed up with 92.40 points on a back 3 ½ tuck and 91.80 points on a reverse 3 ½ tuck. He scored more than 80 points on two of his other three dives en route to the 10-meter victory.

“That first dive really boosted my confidence. After that, my coach just told me to have fun and I did,” Windle said. “I really didn’t think I’d be a national champion before I was 16, but I had a lot of people telling me I could do it.”

Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./Austin, Texas) was second with 527.80 points, and Zach Cooper (Trafalgar, Ind.) was third with 442.90 points.

Rittenhouse scored 350.45 points to won the women’s 3-meter gold with a consistent performance. She scored no lower than 66 points on any dive, with 75.95 points on a front 3 ½ pike and 72 points on her front 2 ½ with a twist.

“I’m happy with how I dove. I was really consistent. I knew I had to hit all of my dives like I know I can. The other divers really put the pressure on me being last in the lineup, and it was a fight all the way through,” Rittenhouse said.

Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) won silver with 336.75 points, while Elissa Dawson (Durham, N.C.) took bronze with 328.50 points.

Bowersox and Nees came from behind to win their first title together, scoring 407.13 points to edge Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas) and Bradley Christensen (Southlake, Texas/Stanford, Calif.) by 1.35 points. In second place heading into the fifth of six rounds, Bowersox and Nees jumped ahead with 88.92 points on their front 4 ½ tuck to head into the final round with a 1.35-point lead over Christensen and Klein. Both pairs scored 75.48 points on their final dives, with Bowersox and Nees performing an inward 3 ½ tuck and Klein and Christensen a front 2 ½ with two twists. Ryan Hawkins (Charlotte, N.C.) and JB Kolod (Pittsburgh, Pa.) were third at 388.29.

“We knew we needed to go big on our 4 ½ to stay in the contest. I knew we needed about 87 points, and I was pretty nervous. That was the contest right there, and we just had to stay calm and do the dive,” Bowersox said.

A day after Bromberg won the individual 10-meter title, she and Ivory-Ganja paired together for 305.16 points to win their first national title together as a synchro team. They scored more than 68 points on all three optionals, closing out their list with 75.84 points on their back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists.

“We were really happy with our three optionals, but we need to work on our voluntaries a little more,” Bromberg said.

Rachel Rubadue (Columbus, Ohio) and Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles) scored 258.33 for second, while Brooke Pospichal (Plano, Texas/Indianapolis, Ind.) and Annie Wiese (Carmel, Ind.) were third at 241.50.

Rittenhouse also won the women’s high point award, while Klein took the men’s high point award. Longhorn Aquatics won the overall team title, the women’s team title and the men’s team title.

Longhorn Aquatics divers win three of four golds Saturday at AT&T Nationals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Four gold medals were awarded Saturday at the AT&T National Diving Championships, and divers from Longhorn Aquatics had a hand in three of them. Four-time Olympian Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) placed first in men’s 3-meter, Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) won women’s 10-meter, and Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Toby Stanley (Noblesville, Ind.) won men’s synchronized 10-meter. 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./State College, Pa.) rounded out Saturday’s gold medalists with a win in women’s synchronized 3-meter.

Dumais won his 37th career national title with 492.30 points to place first in men’s 3-meter. The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist scored more than 80 points on four of his six dives, with 94.50 points on his reverse 3 ½ tuck in round five. He closed out his day with 81.60 points on his front 2 ½ with 2 twists to secure his most recent national title at age 34.

“I’m coming off the best month of training I’ve had in a long time. I could have done better, but I’m pleased with how I dove,” Dumais said. “I took (Friday) off. That’s something I wouldn’t normally have done in the past. My legs felt great today. I don’t recover as fast as the younger divers anymore, but I still enjoy diving and I still love competing. The younger divers push me, and if I can push them too, that’s great for our sport all around.”

Aaron Fleshner (Spring, Texas/Tuscaloosa, Ala.), who won the 1-meter title on Wednesday, was second with 449.25 points. Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) was third at 446.50.

Bromberg scored 368.15 points to easily win her third career 10-meter national title, finishing 55.55 points ahead of her closest competitor. In second place after round one, she took the lead with 89.10 points on her back 3 ½ tuck in round two and scored 83.20 points on her inward 3 ½ tuck in round four. She scored just 49.60 points on her final dive (a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists), but she had already secured the win before she did the dive.

“I’m happy with my performance, although I wish that last dive would have been a little better. That’s my struggle dive right now. Other than that, I thought my other dives were pretty good,” Bromberg said.

Annika Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Los Angeles) was second at 312.60, and Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles) was third with 301.70 points.

Burke and Rittenhouse scored 311.70 points to win their first national title as a synchro team. Rittenhouse won two synchro national titles in 2007 and 2008 with Kelci Bryant, her synchro partner at the 2008 Olympic Games. Burke and Rittenhouse led the entire contest Saturday and closed out their list with 73.80 points on their back 2 ½ pike and 71.10 points on their front 2 ½ with a twist.

“I’m excited to be diving with Ariel. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to be matched up with her in synchro. She’s someone I’ve always looked up to,” Burke said. “We’ve been focusing on our timing, and I knew once we got that down, we’d match up well.”

Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa) and Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) were second with 284.40 points, while Sarah Bacon (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Brooke Schultz (Cicero, Ind.) scored 279.96 points for third.

Anderson and Stanley finished with 383.40 points, highlighted by 78.72 points on their back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists in the final round, to win their first national title in 10-meter synchro.

“I’m really happy with how we dove. We improved our score by 20 points from the prelims to win our first national title. We knew we could do it. We just needed to stay calm and put together a solid list when it counted,” Anderson said.

Zach Cooper (Trafalgar, Ind.) and Tanner Wilfong (Hershey, Pa./Coral Gables, Fla.) were second with 352.86 points, while Tarek Abdleghany (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Brandon Loschiavo (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scored 313.95 points for third.

The AT&T National Diving Championships come to a close Sunday, August 17 with finals in women’s synchronized 10-meter, men’s synchronized 3-meter, women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter.

Rittenhouse, Hawkins qualify first out of women’s 3-meter, men’s 10-meter semis at AT&T Nationals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) finished first in the women’s 3-meter semifinals Friday at the AT&T National Diving Championships to lead the field of 12 advancing to Sunday’s finals, while Ryan Hawkins (Charlotte, N.C./Blacksburg, Va.) was the top qualifier out of the men’s 10-meter semifinals.

Rittenhouse finished with 316.45 points to lead the women’s 3-meter field. She opened the semifinals with 70.50 points on her back 2 1/2 pike and led throughout the entire contest, scoring 66 points or higher on four of her five dives.

2014 World Cup team members Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) and Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) finished second and third with 306.50 and 306.30 points, respectively. In seventh place through three rounds, Ryan jumped up to second place after scoring 66 points on an inward 2 ½ pike and 67.50 points on a front 2 ½ with a twist in the last two rounds. Taylor had two dives score 67.50 points, her first-round inward 2 ½ pike and her fourth-round reverse 2 ½ pike.

Hawkins finished with 459.00 points, just ahead of second-place finisher Jordan Windle (Morrisville, N.C.), who scored 457.50 points. Hawkins earned 85 points or higher on three of his six dives, with his best coming in the last round when the judges awarded him 95.40 points on his back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists. Three of Windle’s dives were scored at 81.60 or higher, with his best coming with 88 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists. Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark./Noblesville, Ind.) finished third with 428.85 points.

The AT&T National Diving Championships continue through Sunday, August 17. 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.

Bromberg, Dumais are top qualifiers into women’s 10-meter, men’s 3-meter finals at AT&T Nationals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Four-time Olympian Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) is the top qualifier into the men’s 3-meter finals after taking first in Thursday’s semifinals at the AT&T National Diving Championships, while defending women’s 10-meter champion Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) led the women’s 10-meter semifinal contest.

Dumais finished with 494.25 points to place first in the men’s 3-meter semifinals. He scored more than 80 points on five of his six dives, including 92.75 on his reverse 1 ½ with 3 ½ twists.

Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) scored 463.35 points to qualify in second place, with a high of 98.80 points on a front 4 ½ tuck in the fifth round. Aaron Fleshner (Spring, Texas/Tuscaloosa, Ala.), who won the 1-meter title on Wednesday, scored 459.65 points to finish third in the semifinals. His reverse 3 ½ tuck earned a 10 from one judge for 99.75 points.

Bromberg, who won the 10-meter title at the 2013 AT&T Nationals as well as the 2013 USA Diving Winter National Championships, scored 343.45 points to lead the field in the semifinals. Three of her five dives earned marks of 70 or higher as she scored 74.25 points on her back 3 ½ tuck and 70.40 points on two other dives.

Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) was second with 338.20 points in the semifinals, closing out her list with 78.40 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck and 81.60 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists. Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Tallahassee, Fla.), Young’s synchro partner, was third with 336.75 points, highlighted by a 76.50-point back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists.

The top 12 divers in each of the semifinals advanced to the finals, which will be held Saturday, August 16.

The AT&T National Diving Championships continue through Sunday, August 17. Friday’s competition features quarterfinals and semifinals in men’s 10-meter and women’s 3-meter.

 

Bacon, Fleshner win 1-meter titles at AT&T National Diving Championships

A week after winning a pair of junior national titles, Sarah Bacon (Indianapolis, Ind.) won her first senior national title with a win on 1-meter at the AT&T National Diving Championships on Wednesday, while Aaron Fleshner (Spring, Texas/Tuscaloosa, Ala.) won the men’s 1-meter title for the third time in his career.

Fleshner scored 452.40 points to lead the men’s 1-meter field, with Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) scoring 427.05 points for silver. Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas) was third with 415.95 points.

Fleshner led the entire contest and capitalized on his degree of difficulty, with 79.20 points on a front 3 ½ pike and 83.30 points on an inward 2 ½ pike – the two most difficult dives performed in the contest. He scored no lower than 69 points on any of his dives.

“This was a fun event. One-meter is usually a really close event and there aren’t a lot of points separating the top eight. I felt great in finals. I was a lot better than I was in prelims, and I wanted to come back in the finals and show what I can do,” said Fleshner, who scored 407.75 points to finish second to Hixon in the afterenoon preliminaries.

Bacon led also throughout the entire women’s contest, finishing with 287.15 points for the gold. She scored 64.80 points on her opening round dive, an inward 1 ½ pike and scored 58.80 points on two other dives – a reverse 1 ½ pike and a front 2 ½ pike – to claim the win after finishing second in the preliminaries. 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) took the silver with 277.85 points, while Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas) was third with 275.75 points.

“I just wanted to hit my dives the best I could. This was my first senior meet since the 2012 Olympic Trials. I thought there was always a possibility I could win, but I really just wanted to go out and hit all of my dives,” Bacon said.

The AT&T National Diving Championships continue through Sunday, August 17. Thursday’s competition features quarterfinals and semifinals in women’s 10-meter and men’s 3-meter.