KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Tyler Downs (RipFest) won gold for the second day in a row at the USA Diving Junior National Championships, and five others also won junior national titles on Sunday.
Daryn Wright (Indiana International School of Diving) won the 16-18 girls’ platform title, and Lanie Gutch (YCF Diving) won that same event in the 12-13 competition. Katerina Hoffman (Nebraska Diving Club) took gold in 14-15 girls’ 3-meter competition.
Three boys’ 1-meter titles were awarded Sunday, with Downs taking first in the 16-18 age group. Nicholas Harris (TNT Diving) won the 14-15 title, and Ryan Augustine (Pacific Diving Academy) was first in the 12-13 age group.
Wright dominated the 16-18 girls’ platform title, scoring 515.80 points to win gold by more than 75 points. Wright scored 72 points or higher on three of her five dives in the final, including 77.55 points on a back 3 ½ tuck and 76.80 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck. Bronze medalist Janie Boyle (American Flyers Diving) was the only other diver in the contest to have any dive score more than 70 points. Boyle finished with 433.60 points, including an inward 2 ½ pike that scored 71.40 points. Sophia McAfee (Trojan Dive Club) scored 439.90 points for silver.
Hoffman scored 434.15 points to win the 14-15 girls’ 3-meter title with a strong final dive. Hoffman was in second place, 1.05 points out of first, heading into the final round. She came through with 63 points on a back 1 ½ with 2 ½ twists to secure the gold and her first junior national title. Lily Witte (Legacy Diving), who won gold on 1-meter on Saturday, ended up second with 420.80 points. Kamryn Wong (GC Diving) claimed bronze with 404.50 points a day after winning 1-meter silver.
Gutch also used a strong final dive to lift her to the 12-13 girls’ platform title. She finished with 245.45 points for gold, moving from fifth to first after scoring 52.65 points on her inward 2 ½ tuck. Avery Giese (Mission Viejo Nadadores) scored 238.15 points for silver a day after winning the 1-meter gold. Mia Prusiecki (Indiana International School of Diving) was a close third at 237.45.
Wright, Hoffman and Gutch all earned the opportunity to represent the United States at the upcoming Junior Pan American Championships with their wins in individual Olympic events.
Downs, who won a 3-meter title on Saturday, scored 596.95 points to narrowly pick up the 1-meter gold to capture his fifth career individual junior national title. Downs edged silver medalist Noah Duperre (Ohio State Diving Club) by just 2.30 points. Lyle Yost (American Flyers Diving) scored 584.05 points for bronze.
Consistency helped Harris win his 14-15 1-meter gold. Finishing with 421.45 points, Harris was the only diver to score more than 50 points on all four of his dives in the final. His front 2 ½ pike earned 59.80 points, and he scored 58.50 points on both his reverse 2 ½ tuck and his reverse 1 ½ with 2 ½ twists. Maxwell Miller (The Woodlands Diving Academy) was second at 405.25, and Carson Tyler (Moss Farms Diving) scored 402.25 points for bronze.
Augustine scored 318.65 points to win the 12-13 boys’ 1-meter gold. Joshua Hedberg (Indiana International School of Diving) won his second silver of the week, scoring 311.90 for the 1-meter silver after already winning platform silver. Aiden Sadler (Georgia Diving Club) was third at 306.45.
The USA Diving Junior National Championships continue with individual titles awarded in 14-15 boys’ 3-meter, 14-15 girls’ platform, 16-18 girls’ 3-meter and 16-18 boys’ platform on Monday.