Grace Cable (left) seen here with Greg Duncan (right) after each won their respective event at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2017 USA Diving National Championships proved to be drama-filled Friday night at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of the Ohio State University as six national champions were crowned. Greg Duncan (Dominion Dive Club), Grace Cable (Duke Diving), Jordan Rzepka (Ohio State Diving Club), Hailey Hernandez (GC Divers), Max Fowler (Alexandria Dive Club) and Lily Witte (Legacy Diving) all struck gold.
Duncan was the victor in a loaded 16-18 boys’ 1-meter final as he finished first with 599.85 points. Duncan showed resiliency after taking bronze on Thursday night in the 3-meter contest.
“It’s indescribable,” Duncan said when asked how he felt clinching the win. “All the hard work you put into the modeling, the workouts and all that. It all comes together right at that point.”
Jordan Windle (Fort Lauderdale Diving Team) took second on 1-meter with 584.80 points, while Joshua Davidson (Woodlands Diving Academy) came in third with 565.10 points. Both divers added to their medal cache, with Windle and Davidson going 1-2 one night ago on 3-meter.
Cable climbed to the top of the podium in the 16-18 girls’ platform final with a mark of 469.15 for gold, topping Aliyah Watson (Fort Lauderdale Diving Team) and Jessica Warak (Nebraska Diving Club). Watson scored 444.85 points for silver, and Warak 431.10 for bronze.
“It feels like all of my hard work just paid off,” Cable noted. “I just had to take it one dive at a time and not think about the end result.”
Rzepka won the 14-15 boys’ platform final to obtain his first medal of the meet, scoring 454.30 for gold. Fellow Ohio State Diving Club member Jack Matthews claimed silver by posting a score of 430.35. Matthews also won silver in the 3-meter competition on Thursday. Tyler Downs (Unattached) snagged third with 407.95 points, collecting his second medal of the national championships. He previously won gold on 3-meter.
The 14-15 girls’ 3-meter final saw Hernandez acquire her first gold of the meet with a mark of 421.15. She recorded silver in the 1-meter event on Thursday. Anne Fowler (Alexandria Dive Club) won silver with 399.80 points and Sophia McAfee (Trojan Dive Club) finished third with 385.05 points. Fowler took gold on 1-meter on Thursday, with McAfee taking bronze in that event.
The 12-13 boys’ 1-meter final was seized by Fowler, who crafted a score of 344.30 points for first place. The victory completed a golden sweep for Fowler, having won the platform and 3-meter events earlier in the meet. Nicholas Harris (West Chester Diving) followed for silver at 312.20, and Max Miller (Woodlands Diving Academy) took bronze with 299.60 points. Harris collected his third medal of the meet, having won silver on 3-meter and bronze on platform.
Witte amassed a score of 286.95 for the top spot in the 12-13 girls’ 3-meter final, collecting her second gold of the meet and third medal overall. She won 1-meter and took bronze on platform earlier in the competition. Witte needed every point as Elena Yeh (Arrow Dive Club) was hot on her trail, scoring 285.75 for silver. Yeh leaves Columbus with a medal of each color, winning the platform contest and taking third on 1-meter. Hannah Stumpf (Atlanta Diving Association) finished third in the final with 278.65, clinching her second medal of the meet having won silver on 1-meter.
Day eight of the 2017 USA Diving National Championships marks the final day of the junior competition. The schedule includes: 14-15 boys’ 1-meter semifinal, 14-15 girls’ platform semifinal, 16-18 girls’ 3-meter semifinal, 16-18 boys’ platform semifinal, 14-15 boys’ 1-meter final, 14-15 girls’ platform final, 16-18 girls’ 3-meter final and 16-18 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.
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