Two Top-notch diving events come to Fort Lauderdale this spring: Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships set for April, AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in May

March 17, 2009, 5:32 p.m. (ET)

WHAT: Fort Lauderdale will play host to two high-caliber diving competitions this spring, with the nation's top divers competing for 10 national titles at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships from April 22-26 and the world's best divers taking part in the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix, the sole U.S. leg of the six-country FINA Grand Prix circuit, from May 7-9. Both events will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex (501 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316).

TICKETS: For ticket sales and information, call 954-828-4580. Tickets for both events are $5/day for students, military and seniors, and $10 for adults. Children 5 and under are free. All-session passes are available for $25 ($10 for students, military and seniors) for the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix and $40 ($20 for students, military and seniors) for the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships.

CREDENTIALS: For additional information or credential requests, please contact Jennifer Lowery at Jennifer.lowery@usadiving.org or (317) 237-5252. Information is also available at http://www.usadiving.org/.

SPEEDO USA DIVING SPRING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (April 22-26)
Featured divers: Among the divers expected to compete at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships are 2008 Olympian Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill.) and 2009 World Championship team members Brittany Viola (Orlando, Fla.) of the University of Miami, Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) and Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C.). A number of other national team members, including 2008 spring national champions Victoria Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Ryan Helms (Moultrie, Ga.), are also scheduled to compete.

What's at stake: In addition to 10 national titles being awarded, a return trip to Fort Lauderdale is also up for grabs as synchronized teams for the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix will be selected at spring nationals. The U.S. can enter two synchro teams per event, with one spot going to the 2008 U.S. Olympic synchro teams (pending competitive readiness). Using finishes from the finals at spring nationals, the highest placing team with the required degree of difficulty in each event will be chosen as the second team for the USA Grand Prix.

Schedule:
Preliminary Rounds (Coral Springs, Fla.)
April 19:
10 a.m. - men's 1M prelims, women's 3M prelims; 3 p.m. - men's 10M prelims
April 20: 10 a.m. - women's 1M prelims, men's 3 meter prelims; 3 p.m. - women's 10M prelims
Semifinal and Final Rounds (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
April 22:
10-11:40 a.m. - men's 1M semis; 1-2:20 p.m. - women's 1M semis; 3:30-4:20 p.m. - men's 1M final; 4:45-5:25 p.m. - women's 1M final
April 23:
10-11:40 a.m. - men's 3M semis; 1-2:20 p.m. - women's 10M semis; 3:30 p.m. - men's 3M synchro semis, followed by women's 10M synchro semis
April 24: 10-11:20 a.m. - women's 3M semis; 1-2:40 p.m. - men's 10M semis; 3:30 p.m. - women's 3M synchro semis, followed by men's 10M synchro semis
April 25 (FINALS): 
12-12:50 p.m. men's 3M final, followed by women's 10M final, followed by men's 3M synchro, followed by women's 10M synchro final
April 26 (FINALS):
12-12:40 p.m. - women's 3M final, followed by men's 10M final, followed by women's 3M synchro final, followed by men's 10M synchro final

 

AT&T USA DIVING GRAND PRIX (May 7-9)
Featured divers: Now in its 39th year, the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix regularly draws Olympic and world champions and other top international competitors. Approximately 20 countries are planning to participate, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Russia. Several members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic diving team will be competing, and the Chinese team is expected to include 2008 Olympic medalists Guo Jingjing, Wu Minxia, Lin Yue, Huo Liang, Chen Ruolin, Wang Xin, Qin Kai, Wang Feng, He Chong, and Zhou Luxin. Rosters for other countries have not yet been determined. Additional information will be sent as rosters are finalized.

U.S. roster for individual events (* denotes 2008 U.S. Olympic Team member):

Women's 3-meter

*Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill./Bloomington, Ind.)

*Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif./Ranchos Palos Verde, Calif.)

Allison Brennan (Huntington Beach, Calif./Columbia, SC)
Summer Allman (Lansing, Mich.)

Women's 10-meter
*Haley Ishimatsu (Seal Beach, Calif.)

Brittany Viola (Orlando, Fla./Coral Gables, Fla.)
*Mary Beth Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind.)
Kristen Asman (Columbus, Ohio)

Men's 3-meter

*Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas)

*Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla./Athens, Ga.)

*Jevon Tarantino (Boca Raton, Fla./Knoxville, Tenn.)

*David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)

Men's 10-meter
*David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.)

Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

*Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Sean Moore (Englewood, Colo./Columbus, Ohio)

Synchro teams for the U.S. roster will be finalized after the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships.

Schedule:
May 7: 9:30 a.m. - men's 3M prelims/semis; 2 p.m. - women's 10M prelims/semis; 5:30 p.m. - women's synchronized 3M final, men's synchronized 10M final
May 8: 9:30 a.m. - women's 3M prelim/semis; 1:45 p.m. - men's 10M prelims/semis; 5:30 p.m. - men's synchronized 3M final, women's synchronized 10M final
May 9: 1 p.m. - women's 10M final, followed by men's 3M final, followed by women's 3M final, followed by men's 10M final