ORLANDO, Fla. – 2015 World Championships team member David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Coral Gables, Fla.) won the men’s 10-meter title to close out the AT&T USA Diving National Championships on Thursday, while Kassidy Cook (The Woodlands, Texas) won women’s 3-meter earlier in the day.
Dinsmore, who was 15th on 10-meter at the World Championships earlier this month, won his first individual 10-meter national championship with 422.15 points in a contest that came down to the final dive.
“It came down to the last dive, and that’s what makes a great contest. It was a little tough for me coming back from worlds. You’re on such a high and then you’ve got to get ready for nationals a week later. It’s kind of hard to get yourself back up at the same level, but fortunately I was able to do that today. I came out with good results,” Dinsmore said.
Dinsmore had a 25-point lead with two dives remaining but missed his fifth dive, a reverse 3 ½ tuck, for just 37.40 points. Dinsmore’s miss put Zach Cooper (Greenwood, Ind.) ahead by .55 points heading into the final round. Cooper then scored 73.60 points on a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists, while Dinsmore countered with 90 points on a back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists to secure the gold.
“I kept checking the scoreboard. I knew after my gainer that Zac and I were less than a point apart. I saw Zach nailed his last dive, so I knew I had to nail mine as well,” Dinsmore said.
Cooper finished second with 406.30 points, and Dominic Giordano (Wexford, Pa.) was third at 360.35.
On women’s 3-meter, Cook won her first national title on that event after finishing with 294.70 points. Maria Coburn (Austin, Texas) was second with 290.10 points, and Emma Ivory-Ganja (The Woodlands, Texas) scored 286.90 points for third.
Cook returned to individual 3-meter competition at a USA Diving meet for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, where she just missed making the Olympic Team. She has been hampered with injuries since then and did not compete at nationals in 2013. In 2014, she competed individually only on 1-meter. In her return to 3-meter, she scored more than 60 points on three of her five dives – including 67.50 points on her front 2 ½ with one twist that clinched her victory in the final round.
“I’m really excited about my performance. I didn’t perform my greatest but it was good for this competition and a good start for the year going into the Olympics. This was actually my first 3-meter individual competition for USA Diving since the Olympic Trials where I was third or fourth – right on the brink of the Olympics – in both synchro and individual, so I’m really excited about the beginning of this year,” said Cook, who is taking the year off from Stanford University to train at home in The Woodlands, Texas.
Coburn and Ivory-Ganja represented Longhorn Aquatics, which won the overall team title and the women’s team title for the senior portion of the AT&T USA Diving National Championships. Stanford Diving won the men’s team title, led by Kristian Ipsen’s victory on 3-meter on Wednesday. GC Diving was the winner of the combined team title, encompassing both junior and senior events.