10 national titles to be awarded at Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships in Fort Lauderdale April 22-26

April 21, 2009, 2:29 p.m. (ET)

Ten national titles will be handed out at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships from April 22-26 at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex (501 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316). Titles will be awarded for both men and women in 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, 10-meter platform, synchronized 3-meter and synchronized 10-meter.

Titles for both 1-meter events will be awarded Wednesday, April 22, with the finals beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday's competition, which begins at 10 a.m., will feature semifinal action in men's 3-meter, women's 10-meter, men's 3-meter synchro, and women's 10-meter synchro; finals for those four events will take place Saturday, April 25 beginning at noon. Friday's semifinal action, which also starts at 10 a.m., will consist of women's 3-meter, men's 10-meter, women's 3-meter synchro and mens' 10-meter; the finals for those events are set for noon on Sunday, April 26.

TICKETS: For ticket sales and information, call 954-828-4580. Tickets are $5/day for students, military and seniors, and $10 for adults. Children 5 and under are free. All-session passes are available for $40 ($20 for students, military and seniors).

FEATURED DIVERS: At least two Olympians are expected among the spring nationals field: 2008 Olympian Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill.) is planning to dive on 1-meter, 3-meter and 3-meter synchro, and 2000 Olympian Michelle Davison Sandelin, now the diving coach at Florida Atlantic University, is scheduled to compete 3-meter synchro with national champion and national team member Allison Brennan (Huntington Beach, Calif./Columbia, S.C.). Other top divers expected are national team members Summer Allman (Lansing, Mich.), Kristen Asman (Columbus, Ohio), Michelle Cabassol (Montgomery, Texas), Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla./Tallahassee, Fla.), Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Durham, N.C.) and Sean Moore (Englewood, Colo./Columbus, Ohio).

ON THE LOCAL SCENE: In addition to Olympian Michelle Davison Sandelin, other participating divers with local ties include 2008 national team member Bianca Alvarez, from Miami but now a sophomore at Ohio State; Florida Atlantic University divers Lauren Harvath and Nick McMahon; Fort Lauderdale Diving Team members Noah Garcia and Paige McLeary; 3D Diving's Jonathan Speed; and sisters Kara and Kassidy Cook, formerly of Plantation, Fla. Kara is now at Purdue University; Kassidy, 13, lives in the Woodlands, Texas, and is a four-time junior national champion and five-time junior Pan Am gold medalist.

WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER TO BE DECIDED AT SPRING NATIONALS: In addition to 10 national titles being up for grabs, spots on the World University Games roster are also available. The top two finishers on each individual event who meet the World University Games eligibility requirements will be selected, as will the top-finishing eligible team on each of the four synchro events. The World University Games will be held in Belgrade, Serbia from July 3-12. Divers who have been selected for the World Championships team are not eligible for the World University Games, due to the timing of the events (the World Championships are July 18-25 in Rome).

AT&T USA DIVING GRAND PRIX ROSTER SPOTS ALSO AVAILABLE: The AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix will be held in Fort Lauderdale from May 7-9, and a portion of Team USA will be chosen at spring nationals. The Grand Prix will feature divers from approximately 20 countries, with several Olympic and world medalists expected. The U.S. has already selected its individual divers for the Grand Prix, but the synchro rosters will be completed after spring nationals. Individual divers competing at spring nationals who will be back in Fort Lauderdale in two weeks for the Grand Prix are Summer Allman (Lansing, Mich.), Allison Brennan (Huntington Beach, Calif./Columbia, S.C.) and Olympian Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill.) on 3-meter, Kristen Asman (Columbus, Ohio) on women's 10-meter, and Sean Moore (Englewood, Colo./Columbus, Ohio) on men's 10-meter. Many of the Grand Prix team members will be missing the spring nationals as they will be representing the United States in a FINA World Series competition in Mexico City on April 24-25.


Featuring America's best divers, USA Diving is the national governing body for the sport of diving. Headquartered in Indianapolis, USA Diving offers diversified programs geared toward the broadest number of diving enthusiasts, from the novice to the world champion. USA Diving conducts approximately 40 regional and national events annually and is responsible for training and selecting teams that represent the United States at international events such as the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup.