Sunday, July 17, 2011

Boudia / McCrory Place Fifth in 10m Synchro #FINA2011 Finals

When I went to bed last night, David Boudia and Nick McCrory were seated 2nd after the 10m Synchro Prelims. I was away from my computer, but @DiversCircle (the diving cousin of @SwimmersCircle) was doing an excellent job with Twitter commentary.

Unfortunately, I woke up this morning to some disappointing news from Diving: So Close, Boudia & McCrory Finish Fifth. Dang! We just can’t catch a break!

The Swimmers Circle also posted a breakdown of the event, but I thought I’d throw my two cents in with a data-driven perspective.

david boudia nick mccrory synchro 10m score graph

Using data from, along with the prelim and final scores, we can see exactly where Boudia and McCrory faltered. If they had done an “average” meet, they would have been good for silver with a 456.46. However, this graph comes with a silver lining, because the pair started and finished better than you would typically expect!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Boudia And McCrory Beat Themselves To Earn USA Diving World Cup Spots

David Boudia

Yes, the headline is intentionally chaotic – but it accurately reflects the equally confusing but necessary diving event that took place to determine which synchro partnerships were best equipped to represent USA Diving on the World Cup circuit. Rather than forcing the best individuals together into partnerships, each duo was tested head-to-head against other mix-matched pairings. This is how David Boudia and Nick McCrory beat themselves to earn the top spot in men

Monday, March 29, 2010

2010 Men’s NCAA Championship Round-Up

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Name Dropin’ for Speedo 2009 USA Diving Spring Nationals

Boggs Industries on photo FlickrThe 2009 USA Diving Spring National Championships, sponsored by Speedo, begin today in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I found this thumbnail picture of the Hall of Fame pool on Flickr. It’s a nice change from the traditional picture (open in new window) that is used over and over and over…

You can obviously read more about the event on, but if you want to join the 21st century, you can also become a fan of USA Diving on Facebook and RSVP to the event. Sara Hildebrand, Drew Livingston, Hayden Jones, and Christina Loukas are already listed as attending.

Who else can you expect to see at the meet? The Facebook event name-drops a list of athletes who will be competing:

2009 World Championship team members Brittany Viola (Orlando, Fla.) of the University of Miami, Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Allison Brennan (Huntington Beach, Calif.), and Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.). Divers defending their 2008 Spring Nationals 1-meter titles, Victoria Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Ryan Helms (Moultrie, Ga.) are also scheduled to attend.

Meet results will be posted on, and you can check the full list of entries here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Universal Sports Coverage of Diving World Series, Sheffield

fina diving world series in sheffield englandI’m a huge fan of the amount of attention Universal Sports is giving to the FINA Diving World Series. The site will be providing LIVE coverage of the diving events April 18th-19th (which means an early start time for those of us watching on this side of the pond).

Aside from the webcast coverage, Universal Sports also has a great collection of photos from Getty Images, including pictures from the World Series diving event in Doha.

Check out this article they posted on Wednesday, with quotes from Thomas Finchum and USA Diving High Performance Director, Steve Foley. As mentioned in a previous post, the dynamic duo of Finchum and Boudia will not reunite until the World Series moves to Mexico next week. However, don’t count out the 10-meter synchro team of Thomas Finchum and Nick McCrory just yet. They took the silver medal at the previous World Series stop in China, placing behind the team of Lin Yue/Huo Liang (CHN).

Host team Britain’s Tom Daley will be tested with his new synchro partner Max Brick as this is their first competition diving together. More on the controversy surrounding the line-up change in this previous post.

Monday, March 30, 2009

FINA: Sharleen Stratton Rains on China’s Parade

sharleen stratton - photo source: Press Release: As expected, China dominated the second leg of the 2009 FINA Diving World Series, held in Changzhou (CHN) on March 27-28, by conquering seven out of the eight titles on offer. The only non-local victory went to Australia

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Four Divers Set To Compete in FINA World Series in China

Kelci Bryant and Ariel Rittenhouse synchro diving, Photo Source: divers will represent the United States at the FINA Diving World Series in Changzhou, China, on March 27-28.

2008 Olympians Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill./Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif./Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) will compete in women

Friday, February 13, 2009

USA Diving Announces Individual Event World Team Members

christopher chris colwill 1 meter divingNine divers have been selected to the 2009 FINA World Championships Team.

The team members were hand-picked following a four-day selection camp held at Ohio State University. Although the camp included a meet format, results from the meet did not guarantee a spot on the team. Synchronized teams will be selected in May.

Six former Olympians were among the divers chosen. Troy Dumais will dive men’s 3-meter. Chris Colwill will join Dumais on 3-meter and will also compete 1-meter. Christina Loukas will dive 1-meter and 3-meter, and Ariel Rittenhouse will join Loukas on women

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Diving Selection Camp Looks for Consistency, Performance, and Difficulty

Haley has released some early results from the “meet” associated with the U.S. World Diving Team Selection Camp. As a reminder, I put “meet” in quotes, because the winner of the events does not automatically receive a spot on the World Team. The format is being used to evaluate the divers’ consistency across several lists, performance (of course), as well as degree of difficulty.

There are some ups and downs to this format. As far as our World Team selection is concerned, we are more likely to get the best, most consistent divers to represent our country. On the other hand, this format makes it much more difficult for an up-and-coming athlete to break into the international scene. In swimming, where team selection is made by time, athletes have an opportunity to make the team by having a single great meet or swim. The down side? If athletes are shaved and tapered to qualify for the team, there’s no guarantee they will be in the same shape for the actual championships.

Christina Loukas, from Indiana University, was in the top 3 for all three 1m lists.
David Boudia, from Purdue University, had the high score for all 4 rounds of men’s 3m with 477.95 coming in the 3rd round.
Ariel Rittenhouse (Trojan Dive Club), and Christina Loukas traded off 1st and 2nd place performances in 3 straight rounds of women’s 3m.
Christopher Colwill, from Georgia Diving Club, was clearly dominant on men’s 1m, winning 2 of the 3 rounds and getting 2nd in the other.
Haley Ishimatsu (age 16, from Trojan Dive Club) won both rounds of women’s platform, while Nick McCrory and Thomas Finchum showed great consistency by staying in the top 3 for both platform lists.

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