INDIANPOLIS – Olympian Amy Cozad Magaña took the lead after two rounds of competition in the final and held on for the national title in the women’s 10-meter at the 2019 USA Diving Senior National Championships, part of the Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, on Saturday in Indianapolis.
Joining Magaña (358.75 points) on the podium were Delaney Schnell (348.45) and Murphy Bromberg (318.65). Bromberg won the 10-meter synchro title earlier in the week with partner Katrina Young.
The win is Magaña’s third individual national title and 10th overall.
Magaña, who won the 2018 Winter Trials and finished third at the 2018 senior nationals, held a 12-point lead after three dives with 210.15 points, followed by Schnell with 198.25 and Bromberg with 186.90. She maintained it after her fourth (285.15 points over Schnell’s 273.25), before closing out the competition with 73.60 on a back 2 ½ somersault, 1 ½ twist in pike position.
“My coach (Sean McCarthy) gave me a not-so-subtle reminder that if I wanted to accomplish the goals that we want to accomplish together that I just have to hit my dives,” Magaña said. “I had to set aside making worlds and everything I wanted to do and just take it one round at a time and do each dive as best I can. It is not completely about me anymore, I have a team, between Sean and Daryn (Wright), and I want all of us to go to the Olympics; it is not just me.”
Magaña also wrapped up the competition with the top cumulative score from prelims, semifinals and the final, 1,007.70, followed by Schnell’s 976.90. Both women will represent the United States at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July.
It will be Magaña’s first world championship appearance since 2015, when she finished sixth for the best performance by a U.S. woman on platform since 2007.
With two divers remaining, Magaña stood atop the leaderboard with 358.75 points. Schnell was still within striking distance, needing an 85.50 to tie her. She came up just short, earning a 75.20 on her inward 3 ½, which clinched the title for Magaña.
Magaña scored 67 or higher on all five of her dives, registering her best mark of the day, a 75.00 on a forward 3 ½ in pike position, on her fourth dive. The Olympian is satisfied with her performance in the finals, but still has work to do ahead of the world championships.
“I won at Winters but it wasn’t as high of a quality of competition as this one,” Magaña said. “We went to winter nationals and we performed mediocre but we still achieved our goal of qualifying for the grand prix. The next step was grand prix and then this and now worlds and Pan Ams and we are just going to keep building from here.
“From this finals, I don’t think I need to change much. I need to work on my dryland skills and perfect those, and I need to keep working on the mindset I had during this competition, because the mindset I had during the semifinals wouldn’t have given me that performance.”
Schnell scored 72 or better on four of her five dives, but managed just a 47.85 on a back 3 ½ in tuck position on her third dive.
“While I did miss the one dive, I did feel I was able to hit my dives the best I could,” Schnell said. “I knew if I was going to miss a dive, that would be the one that I would miss, so I just needed to keep my mind in the right place. That is something that Dwight (Dumais) and I have been working on a lot, is having a strong mental state. We have really been working at the little details, but mostly it is that third dive, the back 3 ½, just getting confidence in that one and making sure I trust the come-out.
“I absolutely accomplished my goal today. I had a really off year previously. I had an unstable coaching situation and I had a knee injury I was coming back from, so it is actually really, really rewarding to make the world team, because I had that whole year, year-and-a-half where I wasn’t diving my best.”