DALLAS -- This week marked the first time Murphy Bromberg and Brooke Schultz competed together in women’s 3-meter synchro, but what an impressive start this talented duo is off to.
With only several practices under their belt, Bromberg and Schultz produced a score of 287.40 in Friday’s final at the USA Diving Senior National Championships — part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series presented by Xfinity — at the Robson and Lindley Aquatic Center on the SMU campus in Dallas.
As part of the Summer Champions Series, the women’s 10-meter platform final will be televised Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, with men’s 10-meter broadcast 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, both on NBC.
“Yeah, we do (have instant chemistry),” Bromberg said. “We match up really naturally, so it’s been really easy, really fun. We haven’t had to change much for either of us, and we get along really great, too. We have a lot of fun together.”
Bromberg and Schultz finished 25.20 points ahead of runners-up Krysta Palmer and Alison Gibson, whose final score was 262.20.
Schultz had one very vocal cheerleader on her side in her father, Dale, the longtime diving coach at the University of Arkansas.
“It’s been a cool thing (to watch her compete),” Dale said. “For them to do this (is incredible). This is their first competition together, so we’re really excited about that, 287 was a good score. I’m excited. I know they’re excited to go to China.”
And the younger Schultz admits it’s nice to look over before and after she and Bromberg dive to see her father hanging on every dive as if he were himself competing.
“It is cool. It’s fun to see his reactions,” Brooke said. “Every time when we come out of the water, he gets so excited and I just love to see it.”
After Bromberg and Schultz scored 85.80 on their first two dives, they found themselves in third place.
However, on their next two dives, a forward 2 ½-somersault, one-twist pike and a back 2 ½-somersault pike, they delivered scores of 65.70 and 72.00 to vault themselves into first place.
“I did that dive in the semi for like 20 points,” Bromberg said of the back 2 ½-somersault pike. “I missed it so bad and I was like we’re not going to do that again. I think it’s just both our best dive and we put it together. We were really excited about that.”
Next stop for Bromberg and Schultz will be Wuhan, China, for the FINA Diving World Cup from June 5-10.
This will be Bromberg’s second trip to China after competing in Shanghai at the 2014 World Cup, and Schultz’s first.
“Looking forward to see what we do in China,” Schultz said. “I’m excited.”
Steele Johnson, Brandon Loschiavo Hone Dives In Uncontested Synchro Win
Being the only team competing in the synchronized men’s 10-meter platform final on Friday, Olympic silver medalist Steele Johnson and Brandon Loschiavo knew they were already heading to the World Cup next month.
But the Purdue students used their six dives to hone their skills. Johnson and Loschiavo saved their two best efforts for last, scoring 91.02 on a forward 4 ½-somersault tuck on their fifth dive and an 89.64 on their final dive, a 2 ½-somersault, 2 ½-twist pike.
“We still wanted to perform well. That was our goal today: (It) was to go up there, perform well, be consistent and we did that,” Johnson said. “We went 429 in both lists. We went 420 in Montreal a couple weeks ago, so we’re gradually getting better. We’ve still got work to do, but come a couple of weeks from now in China, we’re hoping to put another big list up there, really compete against the Chinese and the Russians, and see if we can make that podium.”
Despite the lack of competition, Loischiavo feels he and Johnson made some great strides throughout the week.
“We’ve been practicing a lot. We’re trying to get more consistent, but 420 was good,” Loschiavo said. “(Getting) 429, I think that’s a (personal record) for us. We want to slowly build, working towards 450 and then we got to keep climbing from there.”
It will be Loschiavo’s first trip to China, while Johnson has already competed there twice – including earning bronze in synchro at the 2014 World Cup – and is eagerly looking to return.
“We’re in Wuhan this time,” Johnson said. “China’s facilities are the best in the world. I’m excited to go to Wuhan. (The facility) looks amazing and I can’t wait to be there.”