Masters divers win 10 more gold medals in Colombia

by USA Diving

U.S. divers continued their strong showing at the Pan American Masters Championships in Medellin, Colombia with 10 more gold medals on day two of competition.

In 1-meter competition, the U.S. men came away with four gold medals to go along with two silvers and a bronze. Casey Pepe (50-54), Steven Figg (55-59) and John McGhee (60-64) all won their second golds after winning 3-meter titles a day before. Kim Alderman (80+) also won a 1-meter gold. The U.S. swept the 1-meter event in the 60-64 age group, with Gerry Dunn adding silver and Alvaro Echeverri earning bronze. Luis Bahamon was fourth. John Deininger (80+), who was first in the 3-meter event in his age group, finished second in his 1-meter competition.

On 3-meter, the U.S. women picked up five gold and two silver medals. Kelly Winterbottom (60-64) won her fourth gold medal of the championships after claiming three golds a day before. Rebekkah Houser (40-44), Carissa Zenorini (45-49), Lisa Mitrani (55-59) and Joan Chalkley (65-69) also won 3-meter gold to go along with their 1-meter golds earlier in the championships. Elizabeth Dinello (40-44) and Heather Carrano (45-49) added silver medals for the U.S.

Alderman and Dunn also won gold in synchronized men’s 3-meter, beating out a much younger Colombian team. Dunn and Alderman, who are a combined 43 years older than the Colombians, edged out Jose Mosquera and John Velasco by 6.09 points for the gold medal.

With one day of competition remaining, the U.S. has won 22 gold, eight silver and two bronze medals.