KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Bennett Greene (Tennessee Aquatics Diving) won the 12-13 boys' platform title at his home pool, while Avery Worobel (Duke Diving) came away with the 12-13 girls’ 3-meter gold as the USA Diving Junior National Championships continued Friday.
Greene scored 343.95 points to win his third straight junior national platform title on platform and fourth title on any event. Greene earned 70 points apiece on his back 1 ½ with 2 ½ twists and his reverse 2 ½ tuck.
“It was amazing. It felt good. My gainers were better than usual today. I pointed my toes and kicked where I’m supposed to, and that led to a good dive,” Greene said.
Greene also said being at home in Knoxville helped.
“I definitely like being at my home pool rather than at a different pool,” he said.
Joshua Hedberg (Indiana International School of Diving) won silver with 324.15 points, and Dominic Roberto (American Flyers Diving) scored 312.70 points to take home bronze.
Worobel finished with 356.60 points to win a junior national title on 3-meter for the third year in a row and pick up her sixth overall title. She was the only diver to score more than 50 points on all three of her dives in the final, highlighted by a back 2 ½ tuck that scored 57.40 points.
“It feels amazing and relieving at the same time because I’ve been training really hard every day. I was really composed,” Worobel said.
Avery Giese (Mission Viejo Nadadores) and Anna Lemkin (Stanford Diving) tied for second with 326.60 points apiece.
Greene and Worobel also qualified for the Junior Pan American Team with their wins. Divers who win Olympic events earn the opportunity to represent the United States at the Junior Pan American Championships in Santiago, Chile from August 22-25.
The USA Diving Junior National Championships continue through August 6. Saturday’s competition features 12-13 boys’ 3-meter, 12-13 girls’ 1-meter, 14-15 boys’ platform, 14-15 girls’ 1-meter, 16-18 boys’ 3-meter and 16-18 girls’ 1-meter.