One week from today, the top divers in the U.S. will be in Indianapolis for the 2017 World Championships Individual Trials with plenty on the line. Eight spots have yet to be filled on the American squad headed to Budapest for the 2017 FINA World Championships this coming July, so to say this meet is important would be an understatement. Here are the five facts you need to know heading into next weekend.
1. The field
Seven Olympians will be in the Circle City next weekend with Kassidy Cook, Amy Cozad Magaña, Sam Dorman, Michael Hixon, Steele Johnson, Jessica Parratto and Katrina Young all in attendance. Add 11 additional members from Tier 1 of the 2017 High Performance Squad to the mix and it is fair to say that this field is stacked. Thirteen members from Tier 2 will also be in Indy, promising for a talent-loaded meet. Sixty-one total divers are registered.
2. The Nat
The IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI will once again play host to a critical meet for American divers as athletes aim to land a spot on Team USA for the 2017 FINA World Championships. The Nat hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials last June where first-time Olympians Cook, Cozad Magaña, Dorman, Hixon, Johnson, Parratto and Young all saw their Olympic dream become a reality. Olympic veterans David Boudia, Kristian Ipsen and Abby Johnston rounded out The Perfect 10, which went on to win three Olympic medals in Rio (Silver: Dorman and Hixon in men’s synchronized 3-meter; Boudia and Johnson in men’s synchronized 10-meter; Bronze: Boudia in men’s 10-meter).
3. What’s at stake
Eight spots. That’s all that remains on Team USA for this summer’s world championships. The synchronized events were selected at the 2017 USA Diving Synchronized National Championships as each winning duo secured a spot in Budapest. The synchronized teams are as follows:
Women’s synchronized 3-meter: Cook and Maria Coburn
Women’s synchronized 10-meter: Parratto and Tarrin Gilliland
Men’s synchronized 3-meter: Dorman and Hixon
Men’s synchronized 10-meter: Johnson and Brandon Loschiavo
Mixed synchronized 3-meter: Lauren Reedy and Briadam Herrera
Mixed synchronized 10-meter: Gilliland and Andrew Capobianco
Coburn and Hixon qualified individually for Budapest on 1-meter with titles at the 2016 USA Diving Winter National Championships. Although 1-meter is not an Olympic event, it is contested at the FINA World Championships.
The final eight spots go to the top two finishers in the men’s and women’s 10-meter & 3-meter events, so long as the minimum score and DD are met. Needless to say, there will be some drama in Indianapolis next weekend.
4. The schedule
Day 1 – May 19
- Women’s 10-meter preliminary – 10:00 a.m.
- Men’s 3-meter preliminary – 12:30 p.m.
- Women’s 10-meter semifinal – 5:00 p.m.
- Men’s 3-meter semifinal – 6:30 p.m.
Day 2 – May 20
- Women’s 3-meter preliminary – 10:00 a.m.
- Men’s 10-meter preliminary – 12:30 p.m.
- Women’s 3-meter semifinal – 5:00 p.m.
- Men’s 10-meter semifinal – 6:30 p.m.
Day 3 – May 21
- Women’s 10-meter final – 11:00 a.m.
- Men’s 3-meter final – 12:30 p.m.
- Women’s 3-meter final – 2:00 p.m.
- Men’s 10-meter final – 3:30 p.m.
*All times are subject to change
The 2017 World Championships Individual Trials will be high-pressured and drama-filled, so you are going to want to get to Indy if you haven’t gotten your tickets already. Here’s all the ticket and lodging details:
All-Session (Purchase All-Session Tickets)
Adults $15 (ONLINE ONLY. Must purchase by 5 p.m., May 18. All-session passes will be $25 at the door)
Children (ages 6-12) and students (with ID) $10
Daily (Purchase Daily Tickets)
Children (ages 6-12) and students (with ID) $5
Children (ages 5 and under) FREE