Grayson Campbell (seen here competing in the men's 1-meter final) won the event at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tuesday marked the opening day of senior competition at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships as Grayson Campbell (Longhorn Aquatics) and Alison Gibson (Longhorn Aquatics) each won a national title on 1-meter at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of the Ohio State University.
Campbell led the men’s 1-meter final from start to finish in dominating fashion, scoring 60.00 or more points on three of his dives. His highest-scoring dive came on an inward 2½ somersault tuck worth 68.20 points. The win marked Campbell’s first individual national title at the senior level.
“This feels pretty special,” Campbell noted. “Coming into this meet I didn’t really have high expectations. Just wanted to come in today and dive to the best of my ability. I kind of took my mind off everything and let everything just flow today.”
Greg Duncan (Dominion Dive Club) constructed his third podium finish of the entire national championships, finishing second with 337.45 points. He won the 16-18 boys’ 1-meter event and finished third on 3-meter in the junior portion of the meet. Noah Duperre (Ohio State Diving Club) claimed third with 322.00.
Gibson topped an impressive women’s field that featured World Championships and club teammate, Maria Coburn (Longhorn Aquatics). All five of Gibson’s dives exceeded the 50-point mark, including a forward 2½ somersault pike that scored 59.80 points, her highest-scoring dive of the final.
“It’s super exciting,” Gibson said when asked how the victory feels. “I’ve never won a national championship before, so this is a really cool feeling.”
Coburn took second in the event with a total of 259.65. Gibson and Coburn competed together in synchronized 3-meter at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where they finished 11th.
Wallace Layland (University of Miami) won bronze with 250.50 points to round out the podium.
Day 10 of competition at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships includes: men’s 3-meter quarterfinal, women’s 10-meter quarterfinal, men’s 3-meter semifinal and women’s 10-meter semifinal. Competition starts at 9:00 a.m. ET.
The 2017 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 9 Final Results
Men’s 1-meter Final
1. Grayson Campbell (Longhorn Aquatics), 366.90; 2. Gregory Duncan (Dominion Dive Club), 337.45; 3. Noah Duperre (Ohio State Diving Club), 322.00; 4. Conor Casey (Alexandria Dive Club), 317.35; 5. Kevin Frebel (Unattached), 315.95; 6. Joshua Davidson (Woodlands Diving Academy), 311.55; 7. Stephen Romanik (Unattached), 304.25; 8. Lyle Yost (American Flyers Diving), 298.45; 9. Jack Matthews (Ohio State Diving Club), 282.45; 10. Reed Merritt (The University of Texas), 256.90
Women’s 1-meter Final
1. Alison Gibson (Longhorn Aquatics), 271.80; 2. Maria Coburn (Longhorn Aquatics), 259.65; 3. Wallace Layland (University of Miami), 250.50; 4. Madeline McKernan (Mizzou Diving), 247.45; 5. Hailey Hernandez (GC Diving), 242.95; 6. Rebecca Hamperian (Kentucky Diving Club), 242.00; 7. Kristen Hayden (Unattached), 238.75; 8. Mayson Richards (GC Diving), 235.85; 9. Anne Fowler (Alexandria Dive Club), 231.85; 10. Alexa Beckwith (Mizzou Diving), 230.50
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