Diving Preview
A mix of veterans and newcomers make up a strong group of divers looking to represent the United States at Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, now scheduled to take place in 2021.  Five members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Diving Team were among the divers on the 2019 world championships team, and they, along with the rest of the squad, have shown success on the world stage.

The men’s platform continues to be a strong event for the U.S., with David Dinsmore winning a world cup bronze in 2018 and having finished sixth at the 2017 world championships. Brandon Loschiavo is also a world cup finalist on platform and has had success paired up with Dinsmore in the synchronized event. Also in the mix is Olympic synchro silver medalist Steele Johnson, along with Jordan Windle and Ben Bramley.

The men’s springboard has two Olympians in the mix for the Tokyo Games. 2016 Olympic 3-meter synchro silver medalist Michael Hixon, who has competed in springboard for the U.S. at every major world competition dating back to 2015, is back looking to qualify for a second Olympic Games. Three-time Olympian David Boudia is shifting his focus from platform to springboard and has proven successful thus far, He has paired back up with Steele Johnson, with whom he won silver in the 10-meter synchro in Rio to make a run for the 3-meter syncho event. Hixon’s new synchro partner, Andrew Capobianco, is a contender for an individual berth as well. Briadam Herrera, the 2019 winter national champion, will also have a strong chance at qualifying. 

The U.S. women have tremendous depth, and competition to make the team should be high. At the three major world competitions since the Olympic Games Rio 2016, no U.S. woman has made all three teams in the same event. Only two – Krysta Palmer and Brooke Schultz – have made all three teams, with each earning two 3-meter individual berths and one synchro berth (Palmer individually in 2017 and 2018 and in synchro in 2019; Schultz individually in 2017 and 2019 and in synchro in 2018). Other women making two of the three world championships and/or world cup teams since 2016 include Olympians Jessica Parratto and Katrina Young, along with Murphy Bromberg, Alison Gibson, and Tarrin Gilliland. 

Other contenders are Olympian Amy Cozad Magaña, Sarah Bacon, Maria Coburn and Hailey Hernandez. 2016 Olympian Kassidy Cook also made her debut back into  competition for the first time in more than two years at the winter national championships in December 2019, where she teamed up with Bacon for the national title in women’s 3-meter synchro event. Since then, she has also earned multiple international medals in 2020.

The U.S. women are coming off one of their most successful world championships in platform events, with Schnell winning bronze individually on 10-meter for Team USA’s first medal in that event in 14 years, and Bromberg and Young winning bronze in synchronized 10-meter, the first U.S. medal in that event in 10 years. Magaña also made the individual 10-meter final at the 2019 world championships.

Updated on June 20, 2020. For more information, contact the sport press officer here.

Diving with Depth: The U.S. women have already qualified their maximum three quota spots in platform events for Tokyo, having already secured both individual quota spots as well as the synchronized 10-meter berth. With tremendous depth on this event, making the Olympic team will be a challenge. Katrina Young and Murphy Bromberg qualified the U.S. its synchro spot by winning bronze at the 2019 world championships for Team USA’s first medal in 10 years in that event. That was their first world event together; Jessica Parratto and Tarrin Gilliland had competed as the U.S. synchro team at world meets in 2017 and 2018. Individually, Delaney Schnell and Amy Magaña earned the U.S. its two individual quotas by making finals at the world championships, and Schnell went on to win bronze individually for USA’s first women’s platform medal in 14 years. Young, Gilliland and Parratto have also represented the U.S. at world meets this quad. Any one of them could make the team on any given day.

Boudia Back with a Twist:
David Boudia is aiming to become just the second U.S. male diver to compete in four Olympic Games, and he’s looking to do so in a new event. Now a father of three, Boudia is looking to qualify for a fourth Olympic Games in springboard events after competing in three Olympic Games and winning four medals in platform events.

David Boudia (Lafayette, Ind.)
Boudia has made three Olympic teams and won four Olympic medals, all on 10-meter events. He’s aiming to make a fourth team, this time on springboard events. After taking time off after Rio 2-16 and then missing time due to a concussion, Boudia has proven to be successful on his new event. He won the 3-meter at both the 2018 USA Diving Winter Trials and the 2019 USA Diving National Championships and came home with a silver at a FINA Grand Prix meet in Australia in 2018.

David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio)
With David Boudia moving down to the 3-meter event, another David – 22-year-old Dinsmore – has stepped up as Team USA’s top men’s platform diver. Dinsmore finished third at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, missing the Games by just 12 points. Since then, he has won bronze at the 2018 FINA World Cup, won silver at the 2017 World University Games, and placed sixth at the 2017 world championships. He also won bronze at the 2016 FINA World Cup.

Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass.)
2016 Olympic silver medalist Hixon is back with a new synchronized diving partner in Andrew Capobianco after his Rio 2016 teammate, Sam Dorman, retired. Hixon and Capobianco won bronze in their first international competition together at a FINA World Series meet in Montreal in 2019. Hixon is also a solid contended in the individual 3-meter event and has represented the U.S. on that event at every major world competition dating back to 2015. He finished 10th individually at Rio 2016.

Delaney Schnell (Tuscon, Ariz.)
Schnell won bronze on 10-meter at the 2019 world championships to become the first U.S. woman to win an individual 10-meter medal at a world championships since Laura Wilkinson won the 2005 world title.

The U.S. can secure a maximum of 12 qualification spots (two in each individual event and one in each synchronized event). The top 12 individuals and top three synchro teams at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea (July 12-20, 2019) secured quota spots for their federations. With the performances by American athletes at the 2019 world championships, the U.S. secured seven spots. As of one year out from the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the U.S. has qualified in the women’s synchronized 10-meter and has secured two individual spots apiece for women’s 10-meter, men's 10-meter and men’s 3-meter.

The winner of each individual event at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 (August 1-5, 2019) will secure a quota spot, so long as that diver has not already secured a quota place at the world championships. As such, the U.S. will have a chance to earn a women’s 3-meter spot. The 2020 FINA World Cup, to be held April 21-26 in Tokyo, will mark the final opportunity for countries to qualify for the Olympic Games.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for diving will rescheduled. Divers will perform three lists of dives (preliminaries, semifinals and finals). In each individual event, the two divers (provided the U.S. secures two qualification spots) with the highest cumulative score will be selected to the Olympic team. In each synchronized event, the team with the highest cumulative score will be selected to the Olympic team.