Worobel and Greene Forge Repeat Gold in Columbus

By USA Diving | July 30, 2017, 7:17 p.m. (ET)


Greene (center) seen here after winning the 11-and-under boys' platform competition at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Day two of the 2017 USA Diving National Championships featured gold-medal performances from Avery Worobel (Duke Diving) and Bennett Greene (Tennessee Diving) as the two athletes collected their second straight first-place finishes in as many days. Worobel won the 11-and-under girls’ 3-meter event, while Greene topped the 11-and-under boys’ field in the platform competition at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of the Ohio State University Sunday afternoon.

Worobel managed victory once again with a dominating performance in the 11-and-under girls’ 3-meter competition, winning the event by 33.40 points. She produced four dives of 41.00 or more points, including two dives worth 54.00 or more. Her top dive of the day came in round four as she posted a score of 57.60 on a forward 2½ somersault pike. She followed with an inward 2½ somersault tuck worth 54.00 points.

Lanie Gutch (YCF Diving Team) took silver for the second straight day with a total of 230.90, closing out her final two rounds with scores of 53.20 (back 2½ somersault tuck) and 44.40 (back 1½ somersault 1½ twist free). Isabella Chen (Pacific Diving Academy USA Inc.) finished third with 200.60 points.

Greene impressed in the 11-and-under boys’ platform contest, crafting a score of 227.10, distancing himself from the rest of the field by 27.30 points. He saved his best dive for last, lighting up the scoreboard for 64.50 points on a back 2½ somersault tuck. All of Greene’s dives topped 36.00 or more points.

Dominic Roberto (American Flyers Diving) finished second to Greene, collecting 199.80 points in the final. Roberto made a strong push to close the event, scoring 46.00 or more on each of his last three dives. Joshua Hedberg (Windy City Diving) took bronze with 186.75 points.

In addition to the 11-and-under girls’ 3-meter and boys’ platform preliminary rounds earlier in the day, preliminary rounds were held for the 12-13 girls’ 1-meter, 12-13 boys’ platform, 14-15 girls’ 1-meter, 14-15 boys’ 3-meter, 16-18 girls’ 1-meter and 16-18 boys’ 3-meter contests. The top six finishers in the 14-15 and 16-18 age groups advanced to the semifinal, joining prequalified divers who already clinched a spot in the semifinal via Zone Championship finish or being a member of a USA Diving national team. The top six divers in the 12-13 age group advanced to the final with the prequalified divers, who earned their spot via Zone Championship finish.

Day three of competition at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships includes: 11-and-under girls’ 1-meter preliminaries, 11-and-under boys’ 3-meter preliminaries, 12-13 girls’ platform preliminaries, 12-13 boys’ 3-meter preliminaries, 14-15 girls’ 3-meter preliminaries, 14-15 boys’ platform preliminaries, 16-18 girls’ platform preliminaries, 16-18 boys’ 1-meter preliminaries, 11-and-under boys’ 3-meter final and 11-and-under girls’ 1-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.

Day 2 Final Results

11 & Under Boys’ Platform Final - Top 12

1. Bennett Greene (Tennessee Diving), 227.10;  2. Dominic Roberto (American Flyers Diving), 199.80; 3. Joshua Hedberg (Windy City Diving), 186.75; 4. Zachary Welsh (Stanford Diving), 176.05; 5. Jacob Welsh (Stanford Diving), 174.75; 6. Ryan Augustine (PDGA USA Inc. (Pacific Diving Academy USA Inc.), 161.30; 7. Aiden Sadler (Team Colwill Diving), 159.10;  8. Mitchell Caldwell (American Flyers Diving), 157.75; 9. Kiran Natarajan (Upstate NY Diving), 155.90; 10. Devin Markert (Montgomery Dive Club), 155.60; 11. Ivor Brown (Dominion Dive Club), 153.95; 12. Quinton Klingensmith (City of Midland), 151.05

11 & Under Girls’ 3-meter Final - Top 12

1. Avery Worobel (Duke Diving), 264.30; 2. Lanie Gutch (YCF Diving Team), 230.90; 3. Isabella Chen (PDGA USA Inc. (Pacific Diving Academy USA Inc.), 200.60; 4. Jessica Moore (Unattached), 200.05; 5. Ciera Center (Rose Bowl Aquatics), 199.40; 6. Emma Compton (DiveSeattle), 196.75; 7. Kayla Jensen (Woodlands Diving Academy), 195.35; 8. Avery Giese (Marlins Diving Club), 195.10; 9. Kaylee Bishop (Coral Springs Diving), 191.30; 10. Jiaqi Deng (Arrow Dive Club), 190.00; 11. Quintilia Fidanza (West Chester Diving), 189.65; 12. Armina Li (Arrow Dive Club), 187.75

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