Avery Worobel (middle) takes first place in the 11-and-under girls' platform event at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2017 USA Diving National Championships officially opened Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of the Ohio State University as national champions were crowned in the 11-and-under boys’ 1-meter and 11-and-under girls’ platform competitions. Bennett Greene of Tennessee Diving won the boys’ title with a top score of 226.35 on 1-meter, and Avery Worobel of Duke Diving took the girls’ championship by posting a mark of 212.30 on platform.
Greene held off Barrett Jacoby (City of Midland) who took second with a score of 215.55. Jacoby was followed by Sam Oelerich (Chicago Diving Club) who posted 208.20 points for bronze. Greene out-paced the competition by scoring 39.00 or higher on four dives. His top dive came in the final round with 44.00 points on an inward 1½ somersault tuck.
Worobel claimed the top spot on the podium by besting Lanie Gutch (YCF Diving Team), who put up a silver-medal-winning score of 194.30. Kaylee Bishop (Coral Springs Diving) crafted a third-place finish after compiling 181.55 points. Worobel dazzled in the fourth round with a back 2½ somersault tuck that earned 55.50 points, sparking a thunderous roar from the crowd. She then followed up with a forward 2½ somersault pike worth 49.40 in the final round to clinch the title.
Day two of competition at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships includes: 11-and-under boys’ platform preliminaries, 11-and-under girls’ 3-meter preliminaries, 14-15 boys’ 3-meter preliminaries, 14-15 girls’ 1-meter preliminaries, 12-13 girls’ 1-meter preliminaries, 12-13 boys’ platform preliminaries, 16-18 girls’ 1-meter preliminaries, 16-18 boys’ 3-meter preliminaries, 11-and-under boys’ platform final and 11-and-under girls’ 3-meter 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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