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Fast Five Friday – Things to do in Austin

Fast Five Friday is back!!! Each Fast Five Friday will feature a post consisting 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!

The 2013 USA Winter National Diving Championships begin in two short weeks in Austin, Texas (December 17-22). For this week’s Fast Five Friday, we asked current Longhorns, alumni and Coach Matt Scoggin what they recommend doing in your free time in Austin.

Murphy Bromberg (University of Texas freshman and 2013 World Championship team member): “You definitely have to get some chips and queso while you’re in Austin.”

Troy Dumais (4-time Olympian, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, 2013 World Championship team member, UT Longhorn alumni) encourages visitors to “hit downtown” and check out Zilker Park.

Michael Hixon (University of Texas freshman and 2013 World Championship team member) says to check out the football stadium and “the tower” (the University of Texas Main Building), as both are “unbelievable.”

Matt Scoggin (Olympian, Olympic coach, and UT Longhorn Head Diving coach) recommends some must-try restaurants, including Home Slice Pizza, Trudy’s Tex Mex and Chuy’s.

Maren Taylor (University of Texas senior and 2013 World Championship team member): “The food is great. I’d recommend going out to eat at as many places as you can. I’d also try to get to South Congress Avenue. It’s a fun little shopping area. It’s very artsy and really embodies Austin.”

Thanksgiving Traditions

The holiday season is all about tradition and with Thanksgiving around the corner, we asked some of our athletes to share their favorite Thanksgiving traditions.

David Bonuchi
Thanksgiving is a family tradition. My grandma always cooks a huge turkey. The  leftovers are my favorite part. Sandwiches are the best.

Cheyenne Cousineau
My family always has dinner at my grandma’s house with all of my extended family. One tradition would be that we have ten different pies; banana cream is probably my favorite.

Sam Dorman
I’m pretty much required to go home, I don’t really have a choice. I decided not to go home once, and my mom did not like it. (Mom) cooks Thanksgiving every year, the only meal she cooks all by herself, so I have to go home for Thanksgiving every year, no matter what.

Kristian Ipsen
For Thanksgiving, my whole family comes over and my grandma always makes a huge tub of mashed potatoes and so much gravy, and that’s pretty much all I eat for Thanksgiving.

Steele Johnson
We always wake up pretty early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. And a new tradition, that I started last year, we get our Christmas tree out and set it up while watching the Macy’s day parade, so that’s just something fun that we do. The type of food that we eat, we just have turkey, mashed potatoes, but my dad makes this small food item, I’m not really sure what it’s called, I don’t really know if it as a name. But it’s like wheat bread, with cheeseburger, like crushed up cheeseburger, on top. You let it sit out for about an hour so it becomes hard, and it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever eaten. So that’s what I look forward to on Thanksgiving, just because it’s great to spend time with the family and it’s great to eat a lot of food.

Bryce Klein
Thanksgiving is fun for me because my family is divided between Texas, California and Chicago, so every Thanksgiving we all either go to California or Chicago, or everyone from there comes to us [in Texas], so Thanksgiving in my family is huge, because we’re all together. What that means is more people and more food, and more good food, which I’m a big fan of. My favorite foods at Thanksgiving are basically all of the traditional foods, like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and butter – lots of butter. And also my favorite thing in my family is that we like to be creative with leftovers, so we’ll have turkey sandwiches, turkey pudding, turkey everything for the next three or four days. It takes a while to get tired of it, because there are a lot of variations of turkey, but we like to discover different ones every time, so it’s a lot of fun.

Jack Nyquist
For my family, we would always go down to Florida to Fort Myers Beach. It’s a big family thing. We all end up eating at my cousins’ place and then we’d go out and play a football game. Now, as we’ve gotten older, since my brother went off to college and I went off to college, now at Thanksgiving I think we’re just going to go home because this is my first year away. I’m actually just really excited to go home and get to see my family and my cat.

Indianapolis selected to host 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Diving, in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee, has announced that Indianapolis has been selected to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving.

The Trials will be held at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI and will determine the divers who will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. More than 100 of the nation’s best divers are expected to vie for spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. The event will take place over the course of eight days in June 2016, with final competition dates to be confirmed. Pending U.S. qualification, competition will be conducted for both men and women in individual and synchronized 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform.

Indianapolis previously hosted the Trials in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2008. USA Diving will partner with Indiana Sports Corp on the 2016 event.

“We’re excited to bring the Trials back to Indianapolis. The city has such a rich tradition in diving history, and we’re thrilled to continue that in 2016,” said Linda Paul, President and CEO of USA Diving. “We were very impressed with the spirit, vision and commitment the city presented in its bid. We look forward to a great partnership with Indianapolis and the local organizing committee to create a spectacular experience for the athletes, coaches, fans and community.”

Indianapolis was selected following a three-month process that included site visits to six potential host cities before the field was narrowed down to two finalists: Indianapolis and Atlanta. Follow-up site visits were conducted with the two finalist cities, and all information was evaluated before making a final recommendation to the Board of Directors and the USOC.

“Our community is honored to be chosen as the home for the 2016 Trials,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp president. “The bid we put forward was truly one based on how our entire community would embrace the sport of diving and these Olympic Trials. Landing a marquee event such as this is not possible without community support and great partners like the City of Indianapolis, State of Indiana, Indiana University, Visit Indy, and others. We are excited to work with our friends at USA Diving to create a magnificent event for these elite athletes, fans, and a national television audience.”

USA Diving is coming off its most successful Olympic Games in 24 years, having won four medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London a year ago. Nearly 125 divers competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving, which received 14 hours of live and taped television coverage on NBC and NBC Sports. Similar coverage is expected for 2016.

With the help of Indiana Sports Corp, USA Diving also will expand and enhance the AT&T H20 Zone, the fan experience area that debuted at the 2008 Trials in Indianapolis and continued at the 2012 Trials.

USA Diving announces annual award winners

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Diving has announced the seven recipients of its annual awards. The honorees will be recognized at a reception in Austin, Texas, on Friday, December 20 in conjunction with the USA Diving Winter National Championships.

David Boudia will receive USA Diving’s Athlete of the Year award for the fourth consecutive year and fifth time in his career. Boudia won the silver medal on 10-meter at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona this summer. He also won silver on that event at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix.

Cheyenne Cousineau 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. Cousineau developed a blood clot in her brain that caused a stroke and seizure the day after her 19th birthday. She was told she would never dive again. Now 22, Cousineau has returned to diving and has established herself as one of the best divers in the country. She represented Team USA in synchronized 10-meter at the 2013 FINA World Championships and won the national title on that event in August.

Julian Krug 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 1966 All-American at the University of Wisconsin, Krug was the first diver to execute a front 5 ½ on 10-meter. Currently the chairman of USA Diving’s Senior Diving Committee, Krug has also served on USA Diving’s board of directors as well as the NCAA Rules Committee. He has worked the past six Olympic Games as an adviser for the NBC broadcast crew. Krug is in his 34th year of coaching at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kelly Jackman will receive the Glenn McCormick Memorial Award, in recognition for outstanding contributions to the sport of diving. Jackman, a former diving parent, developed Divemeets.com, an online diving management system that has revolutionized the sport. With the development of Divemeets.com, divers can register for meets and enter dive sheets online and meet managers can enter scores online in real-time. Divemeets.com also offers an extensive archive of results and statistical data on each diver.

Adam Soldati will be recognized with the Benjamin Foundation Coaches Performance Award. Thanks to a generous gift from The Elizabeth and Barets O. Benjamin Foundation, this award recognizes coaches whose athletes win medals in the World Championships or Olympic Games. Soldati will also receive the Fred A. Cady Memorial Award, presented to a coach who is responsible for an American gold medal winner at the Olympic Games. Soldati coaches David Boudia, who won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games and silver at the 2013 World Championships on 10-meter.

Jeff Huber will receive the Mike Peppe Award, given to the outstanding senior diving coach, for the 13th time in his career. Huber’s Indiana Diving team won the overall team championship title at the 2013 AT&T National Diving Championships. Four of Huber’s athletes represented Team USA in international competitions in 2013. Amy Cozad competed for Team USA at the FINA World Championships and Darian Schmidt was on the U.S. squad at the FINA Grand Prix in Canada. Casey Johnson and Conor Murphy were members of the World University Games team.

Justin Sochor has been selected the recipient of the Moose Moss Age Group Coach of the Year Award. Sochor coached the Ohio State Diving Club to the team title at the 2013 USA Diving Junior National Championships, with five of his athletes claiming individual or synchronized titles at that meet. Four of his divers were selected to compete at the 2013 Junior Pan American Diving Championships, with Noah Duperre, Estee Pryor and Nikki Watters coming home with medals. Sochor also was named head coach of the 2013 FINA World Championships team.

 

College Bound!

The NCAA early signing period for diving ran from November 13-20, and many of our divers will be signing their National Letters of Intent throughout the week. In addition, many divers also signed after the early signing period.

Divers, please let us know where you’ve committed or will be signing. Coaches, let us know who you’ve signed. Please email mikela.calabrese@usadiving.org to be added to the list.

The list below is based on information we’ve seen in news reports, on social media, or in messages sent to USA Diving.

Tarek Abdelghany – Stanford (Ladera Ranch, CA – Mission Viejo)
Brittany Anderson – Michigan (Dublin, OH – Ohio State Diving Club)
Olivia Ball – Georgia (Powell, OH – Ohio State Diving Club)
Alexa Beckwith – Missouri (Denver, CO – Mile High Dive Club)
Megan Berardelli – Marist (Blue Bell, PA – Centennial Dive Club)
Brooke Bernardin – Columbia (Arlington, MA – Charles River Diving)
Jake Bowtell – Virginia (Darien, CT – Whirlwind Diving)
Sean Burston – North Carolina (Stamford, CT – Whirlwind Diving)
Alexa Cacao – USC (Milpitas, CA – Santa Clara Diving Club)
Bryce Campanelli – Brown (Palmyra, VA)
Kiley Carlson – Boise State (Trabuco Canyon, CA – Mission Viejo)
Cody Coldren – Indiana (Fishers, IN)
Karrisa Conner – Ohio University (Granite Bay, CA- Capitol Divers)
Juliette Corboy – Michigan (Winnetka, IL, Chicago Dive Club)
Raquel Corniuk – Illinois (Huntington Beach, CA – Mission Viejo)
Kaitlin Costello- Arizona (Castle Rock, CO – Mile High Dive Club)
Sydney Couch - Texas (Windermere, FL – Unattached)
Maddie Cox – Auburn 
(The Woodlands, TX – Woodlands Diving Academy)
Annie Crea – Notre Dame
(The Woodlands, TX – Woodlands Diving Academy)
Lauren Crown – Texas A&M (Southlake, TX  – GC Diving)
Elissa Dawson – UNC (Durham, NC – Duke Diving)
Erich Dollinger – Air Force Academy (Salinas, CA – Santa Clara Diving Club)
Dashiell Enos – USC (Studio City, CA)
Liam Fitzgerald – Princeton (Thornton, PA – West Chester Diving)
Nicole Ford – Indiana (Mission Viejo, CA – Mission Viejo)
Ian Forlini – Georgia (Warminster, PA  – Centennial Diving)
Samantha Gallagher – Stanford (Coto De Caza, CA  – Mission Viejo)
Chloe Hacker – Columbia (Tempe, AZ – Tucson Diving Team)
Lauren Hall – Utah (Pleasanton, CA – Santa Clara Diving Club)
Mashal Hashem – Northwestern University (Potomac, MD – Dominion Dive Club)
Maggie Heller – University of Pennsylvania (Dublin, OH – Ohio State Diving Club)
Evan Hull- Iowa (Denver, CO – Mile High Dive Club)
Nikki Imanaka – Idaho (Honolulu, HI – Sunshine Diving)
Anna James – Purdue (Midland, TX – City of Midland)
Corey Johnson – Virginia (Ambler, PA – Centennial Diving)
Steele Johnson – Purdue (Carmel, IN – Boiler Diving Academy)
Chloe Jones – Marshall (Fishers, IN – Fishers Diving Team)
Hailey Kessler – Idaho (Federal Way, WA)
Kendra Kieser – Missouri (Plano, TX – Mustangs in the Sun, Inc.)
Emily Langworthy – Virginia (Gaithersburg, MD -Dominion Dive Club)
Samantha Lavrich – Wagner College (Audubon, PA – Centennial Dive Club)
Wally Layland – Miami (FL) (Orlando, FL – YCF Diving)
Gracia Leydon-Mahoney – Stanford (Newton, MA)
Matthew Mauser - Iowa (Denver, CO – Sagebrush Diving)
Rachel McCormick – UNC – Wilmington (Harrisburg, PA – Soaring Eagles Dive Club)
Colleen McHugh – Princeton (Lewis Center, OH – Ohio State Diving Club)
McKayla Mawn – Penn State (Kennett Square, PA – West Chester Diving)
Madeline McKernan - Missouri (Montgomery, TX – Woodlands Diving Academy)
Brittany Menninger – Ohio State (Powell, OH – Ohio State Diving Club)
Ted Miclau – Stanford (San Francisco, CA – Stanford Diving)
Molly Miller – Eastern Michigan (Farmington Hills, MI – Legacy Diving)
Ciara Monahan – UCLA (Woodland Hills, CA – UCLA Diving)
Blaire Mulka – Florida State (Wellington, FL – Boca Dive Team)
Matt Mullen – East Carolina (Harrisburg, PA – Soaring Eagles Dive Club)
Zach Mullins – California Baptist (Colorado Springs, CO – Sagebrush Diving)
Kacee Olson – Boise State (Mesa, AZ – Sun Devil Divers)
Larkin Papa – Princeton (Southlake, TX – GC Divers)
David Pfeifer – Harvard (Merrimack, NH – Charles River Diving)
Haley Phipps – Ball State (St. Petersburg, FL – St. Pete Diving)
Megan Pope – Brown (Los Altos, CA – Stanford Diving)
Ellen Posch – Georgia Tech (Cleveland Heights, OH – Akron Rippers)
Michael Proietto – West Virginia (Aston, PA – Infinity Diving)
Gabby Ramil – Columbia (Fremont, CA – Santa Clara Diving Club)
Samantha Reese – Purdue (Granger, IN – Double Dragon Diving Club)
Cari Reiswig – San Jose State (Galt, CA – Delta Valley Diving)
Austin Rettinghouse - Wyoming (Worland, WY – Wyoming Diving)
Stephen Romanik – Ohio State (Northfield, OH – Akron Rippers)
Bobby Ross – Harvard (New Canaan, CT – Whirlwind Diving)
Ryan Russi – Wyoming (Murrieta, CA – Turn n’ Burn Diving)
Connor Scanlon – Penn State (Laurel, MD – Montgomery Dive Club)
Finn Scribbick – UC Berkeley (San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Divers)
Maren Seljevold - Idaho (Moorehead, MN)
Meme Sharp – Pittsburgh (Noblesville, IN – Indiana International School of Diving)
Ty Sides – Texas Christian University (Lubbock, TX – Lubbock Dive Club)
McKenzie Stelter – Youngstown State (Wampum, PA – Youngstown Area Diving Academy)
Scott Stewart – University of Maryland Baltimore County (Indianapolis, IN)
MaryEllen Targonski – Duke (Gastonia, NC – Carolina Diving Academy)
McKenna Tennant – Yale (Los Angeles, CA – UCLA Diving)
Pete Turnham – Auburn (Auburn, AL – Auburn Diving)
Emma Villarreal – Virginia Tech (McGregor, TX  – Longhorn Aquatics)
Annie Whelan – USC (Coto De Caza, CA – Mission Viejo)
Clay White – Ohio State (Pickerington, OH – Ohio State Diving Club)
Sasha Wootton – Colgate (San Jose, CA – Santa Clara Diving Club)
Zhipeng Zeng – Ohio State (San Carlos, CA – Stanford Diving)

Congratulations and best of luck to all athletes!!!

A Perfect 10: 10 questions with Maren Taylor

Maren TaylorWith Winter Nationals coming up at the University of Texas in Austin next month, we’re spotlighting Longhorn All-American and World Championships team member Maren Taylor for this month’s Perfect 10.

1)  Are you excited to have winter nationals at your home pool in Austin next month?

“I’m really excited. If anything, I’m used to the boards. I can sleep in my own bed and won’t have to travel. I’ll have my friends and family here. It will just be really comfortable for me.”

2)  You won your first national title at the AT&T Nationals this summer. What are your goals for winter nationals?

“My main goal is to make the World Cup team on 3-meter. Also, Deidre (Freeman) and I are going to do synchro, and I want us to have a good experience.”

3)  You had an incredible comeback to make the World Championships team on the last day of trials this year. Even after you made the team, you said you didn’t think you’d be able to make up the ground you needed. What did you learn from that meet?

“Looking back on it, I was so negative. Going into finals, I thought there was no way possible I could make the team. Now, I know that you should never give up, no matter what. Sometimes everything falls into place.”

4)  The World Championships can be an overwhelming experience the first time you go, and for you, it wasn’t just your first worlds, it was your first international meet, and you made the finals. What did you take away from that experience?

“Honestly, I went in with no expectations. I knew I could compete at that level and I thought I had a chance, but I just wanted to go in and do my best. I was super nervous, and now I’m like ‘why?’ Having our training camp before the meet really calmed my nerves. I didn’t really have the confidence before we left for Spain. I was much more confident after the camp.”

5) After the World Championships, you made the comment that you were “one of them” now, referring to the top divers in the world. A year ago, would you have thought that was possible? 

“It’s crazy to think about it. Where I was a year ago is so different compared to where I am now. My main goal now is 2016. A year ago, I didn’t think I’d even be diving after this year. Now, I want to make the World Cup team, go to another World Championships, and just go to as many international meets as I can.”

6)  Your first World Championships happened to be in Barcelona, where your coach, Matt Scoggin, competed in the 1992 Olympics. Does having a coach who was an elite athlete himself help?

“The great thing about Matt being an Olympian is his perspective. He knows what it takes mentally, not just physically. He really helps you know where your mind needs to be.”

7)  What’s the hardest part about your training?

“Right now, it’s maintaining my body physically. I’m getting older and trying to learn how my body works and resting when I need to rest.”

8)  In addition to competitive diving, you also like to scuba dive. How often do you go, and where is your favorite place you’ve been?

“When I was in high school, we’d go every summer. Now, I probably go every other summer. Cozumel is probably my favorite place. I’ve been there the most often, and it’s the most beautiful place.”

9)   What else do you like to do in your spare time?

“I’m studying for the LSAT, and I’m really passionate about the environment. I’m involved in some recycling projects. I’m also involved in a group that grows food for people in the community who need it.”

10)   What kind of law are you interested in, and where are you looking at for law school?

“I’m interested in environmental law. It’s something I’m passionate about and it’s an area feel like I can make a difference in. Right now I’m just applying to UT so I can keep diving. If I don’t get into UT, then I’ll probably defer law school until I’m done with diving.”

USA Diving to provide support to FINA Grand Prix meet in Puerto Rico

After exploring several options for a host site for the 2014 and 2015 AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix, USA Diving has announced it will not hold the event the next two years but instead will provide support to the FINA Grand Prix meet in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix is traditionally held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., each year, and the current Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex is expected to close in the spring of 2014 while a new facility is built. The new pool is expected to be open in time for the 2016 Grand Prix season.

“While we will certainly miss being in Fort Lauderdale the next two years, we are excited to help our friends in Puerto Rico build their Grand Prix into a world-class competition. We look forward to a great partnership,” said USA Diving President and CEO Linda Paul.

Although there are other pools in the United States that could host the competition, the meet has been a Fort Lauderdale tradition for more than 40 years. When weighing the possibilities, USA Diving determined providing logistical and operational support the Puerto Rican Swimming Federation was the best decision, not only for the United States and Puerto Rico but for all countries.

In addition to helping Puerto Rico with event management, the arrangement also was made in hopes of helping lighten a competitive travel schedule that has grown in the past few years. FINA has done considerable work to grow the sport and generate additional exposure for diving, and in doing so, the number of international competitions has increased. With more meets scheduled, it can be difficult for countries to attend every competition. USA Diving is hopeful that by providing support to Puerto Rico rather than having separate events, more countries will be able to participate.

USA Diving plans to return to Fort Lauderdale in 2016 and then will alternate hosting a Grand Prix with Puerto Rico each year.

Attending CAMO or other international events?

Just a reminder that any athlete, coach, or official traveling internationally MUST be a member of USA Diving, and the trip MUST be approved by USA Diving. Athletes, coaches, and officials traveling to the U.S. from other countries must also be members of their federation. This is a FINA policy.

Please see the International Travel Policy for more details, and please be sure to complete the required independent international travel application form and return to USA Diving for approval.

Please contact Molly Connolly (Evans) – molly.evans@usadiving.org - at USA Diving with any questions.

“Must Know” Winter Nationals and YOG Selection information

The 2013 USA Diving Winter National Championships and Youth Olympic Games Selection event are right around the corner! The Winter Nationals will take place December 17-22, with the YOG Selection event on December 16th in Austin, Texas.

Below are pieces of “must know” information regarding the Winter Nationals and Youth Olympic Games Selection event:

  • Athlete registration is available on DiveMeets. The deadline to register is November 18th at 6pm EST. Please remember, all athletes who wish to participate in the Winter Nationals and/or Youth Olympic Game Selection MUST register by this deadline, as there is NO LATE REGISTRATION.
  • The coach registration deadline is November 22nd at 6pm EST. If a coach does not register by this deadline, and wishes to attend, they will need to pay the $20 late fee upon arrival. Please note – coaches who will be attending both the Winter Nationals and the YOG Selection MUST register for each event separately.
    • Coaches registering for these events MUST be current USA Diving members. To be a current USA Diving coach, you must have all of the following:
      • A 2013-14 Coaches membership or a lifetime membership
      • Current Safety and Risk Management Certification
        • Online Exam and
        • Practical Pool Session or Equivalent (from approved list)
      • Current background screenin
      • Current CPR from approved list and submitted to National Offic
      • Current First Aid from approved list and submitted to National Office
  • YOG Selection Event Technical Meeting (for Coaches & Athletes):
    • Sunday, December 15th – 6:15pm – Bleachers on pool deck
    • Will discuss all event details and selections for Youth Olympic Games
  • Winter Nationals Technical Meeting (for Coaches & Athletes)
    • Sunday, December 15th – 7:00pm – Grand stands/seating area at Pool
    • Will discuss all event details and selection procedures for Grand Prix and individual World Cup.
    • As noted, the Winter Nationals meeting will be mandatory for coaches—coaches will not receive access to hospitality if they do not attend the Winter National Coaches Meeting (hospitality passes will be distributed at Coaches Meeting)
  • Athlete rep nominations are due December 1st. Elections will take place at Winter Nationals athlete meeting, immediately following the technical meeting (Monday, December 16th 7:30pm).
  • The Winter Nationals will be used to select teams to FINA World Cup (individual events ONLY) and FINA Grand Prix as per the Selection Procedures. The HPD will also be using this competition as selection towards the Olympic Performance Squad, Senior Elite Squad, Future Olympic Force Program and Junior Elite Squad. The Winter Nationals will also play a role in qualifying athletes for the 2016 US Olympic Team Trials – Diving, although participation will not be the only step of the qualification process.
  • The newly passed FINA Degree of Difficulty Tables will apply to the 2013 Winter National Championships.
  • Tickets are on sale now! Visit the Longhorn Aquatics Store under the “Tickets” tab to purchase your Winter Nationals tickets!
  • Still need a hotel for the event?! The host hotel is the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, which is a five minute walk to the pool (rate: $129.00/night) and can be booked HERE. Additional hotels are also available.

We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

USA Diving launches aerial training certification program for coaches

USA Diving is pleased to announce the launch of a new aerial training certification for USA Diving coach members.

Coaches who complete the aerial training certification will be able to supervise athletes performing aerial/out of the belt somersaults (including twisting somersaults) during training on trampolines and dryboard apparatuses.  This type of training is an essential training component and factor in developing skill, balance and kinesthetic awareness for diving.

This is an optional certification for coaches who would like to have their athletes perform out of the belt somersaults as a part of their training program. All current USA Diving coaches may continue to assist athletes who are performing somersaults in a safety harness.

We thank the members of the Aerial Training Task Force – specifically John Proctor, Joy Umenhofer and William Walker – for their contributions to this project.

As in all activities in our sport, safety is the first priority. While the risk of accidents is inherent in all athletic activities, coaches should take every step they can reasonably foresee to minimize the risk to the athlete.  Coaches must be mindful of their facilities, local conditions and their athletes’ abilities and how these factors play into decisions on out of the belt somersaults (OBS) for each individual athlete.

It is up to each individual coach to carefully weigh all the factors involved, including those set forth in the memo from Bill Walker, chair of the aerial training committee, as well as other factors that may be applicable only locally, before allowing any athlete to perform out of the belt somersaults.

The aerial training certification course structure is similar to the safety and risk management certification and consists of two parts. Part one is an online aerial training certification exam designed to show that coaches have the knowledge base for appropriate skill progressions and are aware of the risk associated with this type of training. All questions must be answered correctly within 30 days of registration to complete the exam. Part two is a practical demonstration of skills and progressions that are precursors to athletes performing out of the belt somersaults. Coaches must submit videos of themselves supervising an athlete performing these skills and progressions. Videos are to be submitted via Powerchalk and will be approved by Director of Education Jason Baumann. Once both parts of the certification are completed and approved, the coach’s membership card will be updated to reflect the completion of the course.  This is a one-time certification and has no expiration date as long as the coach has a current USA Diving coach membership.

When completing part two of the certification, remember that USA Diving and Powerchalk have a partnership that provides all members a free account with 10 videos slots. Current USA members receive an additional 15 storage slots for a total of 25 videos. You will need the additional slots in order to complete your certification. Please see the instructions below for more information about signing up for your free account and 15 additional video slots.

For additional information on registering for the exam, creating your Powerchalk account, and other step-by-step instructions involved in the certifications process, please visit the Aerial Training Certification Process page.