Preliminary Action Highlights Day 4 at 2017 USA Diving National Championships

By USA Diving | Aug. 01, 2017, 4:48 p.m. (ET)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Day four at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships featured six preliminary events at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of the Ohio State University Tuesday afternoon. The 16-18, 14-15 and 12-13 age groups were all in action as the top six finishers advanced to the semifinal or final depending on age group.

The 16-18 girls’ 3-meter preliminary saw Jordan Skilken (Ohio State Diving Club) take the top spot with a score of 414.90. She was followed by fellow Ohio State Diving Club teammate Maycey Vieta, who took second with a score of 405.85. Alyssa Wang (Duke Diving) took third with 403.45 points.

Maxim Royzen (Windy City Diving) won the 16-18 boys’ platform preliminary with a mark of 441.85, besting the field by 20.40 points. James Hopper (Marlins Diving Club) came in second in the preliminary with a total of 421.45 points. Third place was secured by Nicholas Cassell (Tennessee Diving) as he compiled 411.55 points.

Francesca Noviello (Stanford Diving) crafted a first-place finish in the 14-15 girls’ platform preliminary, collecting 282.70 points. The contest was close at the top as Sara Haggerty (West Chester Diving) finished with 277.70 points, followed by Meghan Wenzel (Centennial Diving) at 274.00 points.

Michael Parker (Montgomery Dive Club) produced the highest mark in the 14-15 boys’ 1-meter preliminary with 337.85. Jack Ryan (Mile High Dive Club) amassed 323.65 points in the preliminary for second, while James Ragusa (Unattached) finished third with 320.65 points.

The 12-13 girls’ 3-meter preliminary was won by Simone Beinlich (SoCal Divers) as she totaled 265.35 to inch out Abigail Ekstrom (Pacific Diving Academy USA Inc.) who collected 261.25 points. Olivia Paquette (Whirlwind Diving) clinched third with 253.05.

Jack O’Connor (Mission Viejo) ran away with the 12-13 boys’ 1-meter preliminary event, manufacturing a score of 294.15 to top the field by 20.85 points. Daniel Knapp (East Valley Dive Club) finished second with 273.30 points, with Luca Fassi (Rose Bowl Aquatics) taking third at 269.30.

The top six finishers in the 16-18 and 14-15 preliminaries advance to the semifinal, where they join prequalified divers who earned their spot via Zone Championship finish or being a member of a USA Diving national team. The top six finishers in the 12-13 age group advance to the final with prequalified divers who clinched their spot via Zone Championship finish.

Day five of competition at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships includes: 12-13 girls’ 1-meter final and 12-13 boys’ platform final. Competition starts at 9:00 a.m. ET.

The USA Diving National Championships is part of the 2017 Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast. The Champions Series showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.

Day 4 Preliminary Results

12-13 Girls’ 3-meter Preliminary – Top 6

1. Simone Beinlich (SoCal Divers), 265.35; 2. Abigail Ekstrom (Pacific Diving Academy USA Inc.), 261.25; 3. Olivia Paquette (Whirlwind Diving), 253.05; 4. Megan Iannon (Duke Diving), 251.60; 5. Dillan DeLugo (GC Diving), 251.50; 6. Julia Herring (Atlanta Diving Association), 250.90

12-13 Boys’ 1-meter Preliminary – Top 6

1. Jack O'Connor (Mission Viejo), 294.15; 2. Daniel Knapp (East Valley Dive Club), 273.30; 3. Luca Fassi (Rose Bowl Aquatics), 269.30; 4. Carson Tyler (Moss Farms Diving), 269.00; 5. August Hibler (Unattached), 265.45; 6. Matthew Bray (Unattached), 260.65

14-15 Girls’ Platform Preliminary – Top 6

1. Francesca Noviello (Stanford Diving), 282.70; 2. Sara Haggerty (West Chester Diving), 277.70; 3. Meghan Wenzel (Centennial Diving), 274.00; 4. Amy Wotovich (West Florida Lightning Aquatics), 268.05; 5. Grace Walker (RipFest), 264.20; 6. Olivia Rosen (Coral Springs Diving), 260.35

14-15 Boys’ 1-meter Preliminary – Top 6

1. Michael Parker (Montgomery Dive Club), 337.85; 2. Jack Ryan (Mile High Dive Club), 323.65; 3. James Ragusa (Unattached), 320.65; 4. Alexander Brent (Legacy Diving), 319.00; 5. Samuel Flory (Dominion Dive Club), 311.35; 6. Alec Pirone (West Chester Diving), 311.25

16-18 Girls’ 3-meter Preliminary – Top 6

1. Jordan Skilken (Ohio State Diving Club), 414.90; 2. Maycey Vieta (Ohio State Diving Club), 405.85; 3. Alyssa Wang (Duke Diving), 403.45; 4. Jessica Warak (Nebraska Diving Club), 402.50; 5. Alice Yanovsky (Los Angeles Dive Club), 401.90; 6. Sabrina Bunar (Charles River Diving), 401.55

16-18 Boys’ Platform Preliminary – Top 6

1. Maxim Royzen (Windy City Diving), 441.85;2. James Hopper (Marlins Diving Club), 421.45;3. Nicholas Cassell (Tennessee Diving), 411.55;4. Mory Gould (Dominion Dive Club), 409.00;5. Peter Smithson (Georgia Diving Club), 404.35;6. Mickey Strauss (BYU Cougar Diving), 400.30

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