Dinsmore, Hernandez win 10-meter, 3-meter titles on final day of Winter Nationals

By USA Diving | Dec. 21, 2016, 7:03 p.m. (ET)

                COLUMBUS, Ohio – David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio/Miami, Fla.) won the men’s 10-meter national title in front of his hometown fans and 13-year-old Hailey Hernandez (Southlake, Texas) won the women’s 3-meter title as the 2016 USA Diving Winter National Championships came to a close Wednesday.
                Dinsmore, who trained with the Ohio State Diving Club before heading off to college at the University of Miami,  finished first on 10-meter with 1377.10 points over three lists of dives to win his second individual national title.
                “It’s so good being back in my first meet since trials and being in my home pool. It’s just awesome. I can’t even describe it. I just wanted to go out there and give it my all. I haven’t really done much 10-meter since trials since I’ve been suffering from a herniated disc,” said Dinsmore, a redshirt freshman at Miami. “I haven’t really been able to do much, and I just wanted to go out there and give it all I could.”
                Dinsmore entered the finals in second place and held on to the second spot until the fifth of six rounds, when he put down a reverse 3 ½ tuck that scored 96.90 points. He followed up with 84.60 points on his back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists.
                “I just really wanted to go out there and try to hit everything as best I could. I really wanted to make sure I hit my back, my (reverse) and my back twister just because those are ones I’ve been struggling with, and I wanted to go out on a good note with those,” Dinsmore said.
                Colin Zeng, an Ohio State diver from China, led heading into the finals but scored just 67.20 and 69.00 points on his last two dives to allow Dinsmore to take the lead. Zeng finished with 1365.80 points, 11.3 points behind Dinsmore.
                Because Zeng is not a U.S. citizen, the silver medal was awarded to Benjamin Bramley (Wellesley, Mass.), who scored 1118.25 points. Christopher Law (San Antonio, Texas/Columbus, Ohio) finished with 1107.55 points for fourth place and a bronze medal.
                Hernandez finished with 821.35 points over three list of dives to win her first senior national title. She won both 3-meter and platform titles in the 12-13 age group at the 2016 AT&T USA Diving National Championships this summer. Competing in her first senior nationals, the 13-year-old scored 294.20 points in the finals – the best single-list score of any diver this week. Hernandez opened the finals with 60 or more points on her first three dives and clinched her first senior title with 54 points on a front 2 ½ with one twist.
                “It feels really good. I mentally just wanted to think about one dive at a time and not worry about everybody else. I was looking forward to my full out because I missed it in semifinals so I was hoping to make it better this time,” Hernandez said.
                Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas), who won gold on 1-meter earlier in the week, finished second with 810.60 points and Michal Bower (Loveland, Colo./Bloomington, Ind.) won bronze with 758.30 points.
                Team awards were also awarded with the conclusion of competition Wednesday night. Purdue University was crowned the overall team champion and the men’s team champion, led by Olympian Steele Johnson’s gold medal on 3-meter and silver medal on 1-meter. Longhorn Aquatics won the women’s team title.