Four Divers From Four Clubs Win Gold on Day Nine of Junior Nationals
Four divers from four different clubs won junior national titles on Monday, day nine of the 2023 USA Diving TYR Junior National Championships.
Mikolas Schwickert of Clavadistas del Sol won the boys’ 14-15 1-meter gold, and Isabel Baley of City of Midland won the girls’ 14-15 1-meter gold. Anna Lemkin of Mission Viejo Nadadores finished first in the girls’ 16-18 platform event, while Holden Higbie of RipFest was first in the boys’ 16-18 3-meter contest.
Schwickert won gold for the second day in a row after winning a 3-meter title on Sunday. He scored 391.75 points to take the 14-15 1-meter gold. Mitchell Caldwell of American Flyers Diving scored 367.90 for silver, edging Max Van Stone of Clayton Diving Alliance, who finished third with 365.80 points.
Lemkin also won a second gold this week. Already a 2023 junior national champion in synchronized platform, Lemkin scored 501.25 points to win the individual girls’ 16-18 platform gold. Jaiden Lynch, also of Mission Viejo Nadadores, was second at 458.25. Bayleigh Cranford of Triad Diving Academy was third with 450.70 points.
Baley became a three-time junior national champion on 1-meter after winning the 2023 14-15 title with 387.35 points. She also won 1-meter gold in 2019 and 2022. Kayla Jensen of the Woodlands Diving Academy was second with 371.85 points, and Avaleigh Westfall of Sunshine Dive Club scored 351.20 points for third.
Higbie scored 607.60 points to win the 16-18 boys’ 3-meter gold medal, with silver going to Gunnar Grubbs of Stanford Diving at 564.65 points. Jake Welsh of Mission Viejo Nadadores finished third with 564.20 points.
The USA Diving TYR Junior National Championships wrap up Tuesday with 14-15 and 16-18 boys’ platform and 14-15 and 16-18 girls’ 3-meter competition.