Avery Worobel (center) seen here alongside Isabell Chen (right) and Avery Giese (left) after winning the 11-and-under girls' 1-meter event, her third title of the meet.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third day of competition at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships saw two more champions crowned with Avery Worobel (Duke Diving) winning the 11-and-under girls’ 1-meter event and Aiden Sadler (Team Colwill Diving) taking the 11-and-under boys’ 3-meter contest at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of the Ohio State University Monday afternoon.
Worobel’s win was the cherry on top to a phenomenal national championship meet for the North Carolina native, having won the platform title on the opening day and the 3-meter crown just yesterday. She amassed 219.50 points in the final, including scores of 40.80 (back dive pike) and 40.70 (inward 1½ somersault tuck). Worobel secured the gold medal with a forward 2½ somersault tuck in the final round worth 38.40 points.
Isabella Chen (Pacific Diving Academy USA Inc.) put the pressure on Worobel, scoring 215.50 in the final. Chen showed consistency throughout, scoring 31.00 or more points in each round. She totaled 39.60 points in the final round on a forward 2 somersault tuck to earn silver. Avery Giese (Marlins Diving Club) posted 201.75 points in the final for third.
Sadler bested the 11-and-under boys’ field with a score 257.30 to win his first national title. The Team Colwill Diving athlete crafted scores of 45.00 or more points on his final three dives to jettison himself to the top of the podium. He saved his top score for last, producing 57.40 points on a back 2½ somersault tuck. Sadler is coached by two-time U.S. Olympic diver Chris Colwill.
Bennett Greene (Tennessee Diving) took silver in the contest, adding another medal to his national championships. Greene won the 1-meter and platform events earlier in the meet, and scored 252.80 to finish second to Sadler. Joshua Hedberg (Windy City Diving) also collected more hardware, taking bronze on 3-meter with 240.65 points. He won bronze on platform on Sunday.
In addition to the 11-and-under girls’ 1-meter and boys’ 3-meter preliminary rounds earlier in the day, preliminary rounds were held for the 12-13 girls’ platform, 12-13 boys’ 3-meter, 14-15 girls’ 3-meter, 14-15 boys’ platform, 16-18 girls’ platform and 16-18 boys’ 1-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 four of competition at the 2017 USA Diving National Championships includes: 12-13 boys’ 1-meter preliminary, 12-13 girls’ 3-meter preliminary, 14-15 girls’ platform preliminary, 14-15 boys’ 1-meter preliminary, 16-18 girls’ 3-meter preliminary and 16-18 boys’ platform preliminary. 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 3 Final Results
11 & Under Girls’ Platform Final – Top 12
1. Avery Worobel (Duke Diving), 219.50; 2. Isabella Chen (Pacific Diving Academy USA Inc.), 215.50; 3. Avery Giese (Marlins Diving Club), 201.75; 4. Ciera Center (Rose Bowl Aquatics), 201.70; 5. Lanie Gutch (YCF Diving Team), 198.90; 6. Georgia Austin (City of Midland), 189.50; 7. Jiaqi Deng (Arrow Dive Club), 185.90; 8. Reagan Patterson (Kentucky Diving Club), 181.80; 9. Avery Hillier (West Chester Diving), 180.50; 10. Michayla Eisenberg (Dominion Dive Club), 178.60; 11. Esther Dansinger (Charles River Diving), 176.55; 12. Kaylee Bishop (Coral Springs Diving), 173.40
11 & Under Boys’ 3-meter Final – Top 12
1. Aiden Sadler (Team Colwill Diving), 257.30; 2. Bennett Greene (Tennessee Diving), 252.80; 3. Joshua Hedberg (Windy City Diving), 240.65; 4. Dominic Roberto (American Flyers Diving), 238.60; 5. Ryan Augustine (Pacific Diving Academy USA Inc.), 224.45; 6. Joshua Sollenberger (The Indiana International School of Diving), 218.95; 7. Zachary Welsh (Stanford Diving), 202.35; 8. Colin Breuer (Alamo Area Aquatics Diving), 196.95; 9. Barrett Jacoby (City of Midland), 188.75; 10. Jacob Welsh (Stanford Diving), 185.80; 11. Valentino Nieto (Unattached), 185.65; 11. Jacob Navarro (Carolina Diving Academy), 185.65
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