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

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

USA Diving Article On Divers And Their Rituals

USA Diving Communications Intern, Kelly Capehart, wrote a great article for about divers’ superstitions and rituals (link). The article includes comments from Olympians Mary Beth Dunnichay, Kelci Bryant, David Boudia, and Thomas Finchum, about their thoughts on rituals and some of the things they do to focus before a meet.

Divers are no exception to the many accounts of superstitions and rituals seen throughout sports, and these rituals vary even among divers. As Kelly reported, “Rituals certainly do vary from diver to diver, wavering between the mundane and the slightly more unusual.” However, she goes on to say that there is a distinction between superstitions and what can be thought of as simply a ritual focusing technique.

In an interview, Olympic coach John Wingfield of the National Training Center in Indianapolis told Kelly that routine can not only help you get into the zone for competition, but it can help to keep you there. You can hear all of Wingfield’s comments on the YouTube video now appearing on the USA Diving YouTube channel. Here is another clip that can be found on the USA Diving channel: it’s Olympian Kelci Bryant talking about her pre-meet rituals.

Of course my favorite parts of the article are the quotes from a former college diver (and current blogger):

Eric Teske, who dove for five years at Miami ( Ohio) University and plans to return to Masters diving, explained that

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Kelci Bryant and Thomas Finchum at Elephant Awareness Week

I am very aware of elephants–they’re so big! Olympic divers Kelci Bryant and Thomas Finchum are aware of elephants too, because they joined in the fun at the Indianapolis Zoo for Elephant Awareness Week. Check out the photo album from

Although Elephant Awareness Week is over, you can still check out for more information on upcoming events. You should also become a fan of USA Diving on Facebook to get the inside scoop on diving.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Photos: FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale

The international swine flu scare caused some countries to call their divers home, but luckily for us it didn’t keep the photographers away! Outdoor diving photos always look amazing! Check out these photos from the AT&T; FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale.

FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale
FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale
FINA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale

> Check out all the photos on the gallery
> Read: Swine flu fears force China out of U.S. diving meet
> Get the meet results from
> Read: David Boudia, Thomas Finchum Win Synchronized Platform Gold

Friday, April 24, 2009

Reminder: Diving World Series on Universal Sports

Remember to watch the 2009 FINA Diving World Series stop in Mexico City, airing this Friday and Saturday from 6pm-8:30pm (EST). Visit the Universal Sports schedule and check out their event preview for a list of Americans planning to compete.

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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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

In Brief… Photo Edition

kast-a-way swimwear in brief photo edition

> Ryan Lochte T-Shirt Cannon from Flickr: i_hate_username
> Matt Grevers’ Olympic Tattoo from Flickr: mikebesto
> London Tower Bridge Swimming Sculpture from Flickr: law_keven
> Water Polo Tabby from Flickr: flying_hairballs
> Boudia and Finchum Synchro Platform via The New York Times
> Children of Glory (2006) Screenshot by IMDB: Szabads

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

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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