The road to Knoxville and the 2019 USA Diving Junior National Championships has begun. Divers competed at 12 Region Championships the last weekend of April and first weekend of May, with the top 15 divers on each springboard event at each region meet qualifying for the Zone Championships in June. Complete results from all of the region meets can be found here.
Congratulations to all the team champions and individual champions, and good luck to everyone advancing to Zones.
(Check back soon as more recaps of Region Championships held during the second weekend of competition will be added.)
Annie Bingle and Grayson Ford swept their age groups to help lead the Marlins Diving Club to the team title at the Region 1 Championships at their home pool. Bingle won 1-meter and 3-meter titles in the 14-15 girls’ age group, while Ford won both of her springboard events in the 11-and-under age group.
Jennifer Bell (High Dive Champions) and Seamus Harding (Jersey Diving Academy) each won both springboard events in their 16-18 age groups. Nathaniel Grannis (Dominion Dive Club) also swept his age group with a pair of springboard wins in 12-13 competition.
High Dive Champions also picked up a victory from Jonas Balcetis, who won his 3-meter contest in the 11-and-under age group.
The Alexandria Dive Club had three individual winners. In 14-15 boys’ competition, Tyler Read was first on 1-meter and Finnian Gelbach took the 3-meter gold. Dylan Hill won the 11-and-under boys’ 1-meter event.
Winners in 12-13 girls’ competition were Anna Flanders (unattached) on 1-meter and Brenna Short (South Shore Diving Club) on 3-meter.
Montgomery Dive Club came away with the team title at the Region 2 Championships, with Kaarina Williams winning individual gold on 1-meter in the 11-and-under girls’ age group. Three other members of the Montgomery Dive Club – Ethan Badrian (14-15), Michael Parker (16-18) and Dylan Zimsky (11-and-under) – all won boys’ platform competitions, although platform events do not count towards team scoring at regional competition.
Duke Diving’s Luke Hernandez won all three events in the boys’ 12-13 age group, and four of his teammates also brought home at least one individual gold. The Worobel sisters each one two events. Avery Worobel won her 12-13 1-meter event, while Mallory Worobel finished first on 3-meter in the 11-and-under age group. Both Worobels also won their platform events. Chrismon Clark won both springboard events in 16-18 girls’ competition and Claire McDaniels was first on platform in that same age group.
Two West Chester Diving team members swept the springboard events in their age groups. Lily Horenkamp won both 1-meter and 3-meter events in 14-15 girls’ competition, while Landyn Snook won both of his 11-and-under springboard events.
Nicholas Harris of TNT Diving won both 14-15 boys’ springboard events. Winners in 16-18 boys’ springboard events were Bayne Bennett (Red Wolf Elite) on 1-meter and Matthew Mitchell (Ripfest) on 1-meter.
Esther Dasinger (Charles River Diving) won her 12-13 3-meter event, and Kate Vitolo (LOB Diving) won her 14-15 platform contest.
Nolan Lewis and Carson Tyler won individual gold medals as their Moss Farms Diving team came home with overall team title at the Region 3 Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.
Lewis won his 16-18 3-meter event, while Tyler finished first in 14-15 1-meter and platform competition.
Fort Lauderdale Dive Team’s Juliet Radich won all three of her events in the 11-and-under age group, and four others picked up two wins apiece at the Region 3 Championships.
Coral Springs Diving had two double winners. Kaylee Bishop was victorious on both 1-meter and 3-meter in the 12-13 age group and Emilie Moore won 3-meter and platform in the 14-15 age group.
Other double winners were Maia Goldstein (Fort Lauderdale Dive Team) and Bennett Greene (Tennessee Diving). Goldstein won 1-meter and platform in the 16-18 age group, while Greene won both springboard events in 12-13 competition.
Coral Springs Diving had three others come home with gold as well. In 16-18 competition, Jonathan Geraghty took first on 1-meter and Caleb Schoenewolff won platform. Matthew Brisson won the 11-and-under platform event.
Jupiter Diving Club picked up two wins in 11-and-under competition, with Sean Dowling winning on 1-meter and Tristan Cavalear placing first on 3-meter.
Other springboard winners were Denny Gulia Janovski (Miami Diving/14-15 3-meter), Nicole Stambo (YCF Diving/16-18 3-meter) and Hannah Stumpf (Atlanta Diving Association/14-15 1-meter).
Platform winners in the 12-13 age group were Madeline Kohel (Fort Lauderdale Dive Team) and Aiden Sadler (Georgia Diving Club).
Five divers, including three from the Indiana International School of Diving, came home from the Region 5 Championships in Oxford, Ohio, with three gold medals apiece. IISD teammates Joshua Hedberg and Mia Prusiecki won all three events in their 12-13 age groups, and Daryn Wright took first on all three events in 16-18 competition.
Mitchell Caldwell (American Flyers Diving) won all three of his 11-and-under events, and Matthew Bray (Alexandria Dive Club) was first on his three 14-15 events.
The Ohio State Diving Club came home with the team title, with four team members winning at least one event. Noah Duperre won both springboard events in his 16-18 age group. Madison Vermillion won the 11-and-under platform event, while Langley Peterson took first on 3-meter in the 14-15 age group. Jordan Rzepka won his 16-18 platform event.
Other Region 5 winners were Olivia Astrologes (Ripfest) and Christina Shi (Pitt Aquatics Club), who each won two events. Astrologes won 11-and-under 1-meter and 3-meter titles, while Shi took first on 1-meter and platform in 14-15 competition.
Ellie Joyce won all three events in the 14-15 age group to help lead Dominion Dive Club to the overall team title at the Region 6 Championships in Lexington, Kentucky.
Five of her DDC teammates also won at least one gold medal. Marleigh Dasliva (11-and-under), Samuel Duncan (16-18) and Michayla Eisenberg (12-13) all won gold on both 1-meter and 3-meter in their respective age groups. Spencer Bloom won 3-meter and platform in 14-15 competition, and Max Flory won the 16-18 platform contest.
Joshua Sollenberger (Indiana International School of Diving) swept the 12-13 age group events.
Graysn Segard (Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics) won a pair of springboard titles in the 16-18 age group, while Gerard Leslie (Ripfest) also won two springboard titles in 11-and-under competition. Leslie’s Ripfest teammate Miles Buchart came home with gold on 1-meter in the 14-15 age group.
The Patterson sisters of the Kentucky Diving Club won gold on platform, with Flanary Patterson winning in the 16-18 age group and Reagan Patterson taking gold in the 12-13 age group.
Tristan Yang swept his age group to help New York Dive Club secure the team title at the Region 7 Championships in Chicago from April 27-28. Yang won both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles in the 11-and-under boys’ age group.
Four other divers swept events in their respective age group, with Avaleigh Westfall of Legacy Diving placing first on both events in the 11-and-under girls’ competition, Sally McClellan of Nebraska Diving Club sweeping the 14-15 girls’ events, Harrison Nolan of Windy City Diving winning both events in the 14-15 boys’ age group, and Hunter Hollenbeck of Spartan Diving securing gold in both 16-18 boys’ events.
2019 High Performance Squad Tier 2 athlete Maria Coburn (Saguaro Dive Club) took home the gold in the 16-18 girl’s 3-meter event and Kaitlin Mullin (unattached) placed first in the 16-18 girls’ 1-meter event.
New York Dive Club’s Rachel Yang secured a first-place finish in the 12-13 girls’ 1-meter event, and teammate Matthew Wong won 12-13 boys’ 1-meter event.
Rounding out the 2019 USA Diving Region 7 Championships were winning performances by GC Diving’s Reagan Evans on the 12-13 girls’ 3-meter and Glenbrook Aquatics Diving’s Matthew Yuan with a gold for the 12-13 boys’ 3-meter event.
Thirteen divers won springboard titles at the 2019 USA Diving Region 10 Championships, including eight from Stanford Diving Club, which captured the overall team title at the April 26-27 competition in Salt Lake City.
Stanford’s Nike Agunbiade won both events in the 16-18 girls’ age group while teammate Roy Lao won both 1-meter and 3-meter in the 11-and-under boys’ age group. Other Stanford gold medalists include Supisara Shauntel Lim (14-15 girls’ 3-meter), Nina Janmyr (14-15 girls’ 1-meter), Anna Lemkin (12-13 girls’ 3-meter), Molly Gray (12-13 girls’ 1-meter), and Jacob Welsh (12-13 boys’ 3-meter).
Santa Clara Diving Club’s Raphael Tourette swept the 14-15 boys’ age group while teammate Adam Wesson brought home the gold in the 16-18 boys’ 1m event.
Mickey Strauss of BYU Cougar Diving secured a win with an impressive performance in the 16-18 boys’ 3-meter event.
Other Region 10 champions include Amelie Bayol of Rebel Diving Club with a win in the 11-and-under girls’ 1-meter event and teammate, Casey McCracken taking the gold in the 12-13 boys' 1-meter. Alpha Diving Club’s Bente Mulally with a first-place finish in the 11-and-under girls’ 3-meter event.
City of Midland was named the Region 11 overall team champions led by Isabel Baley sweeping the 11-and-under girls’ age group. City of Midland collected five other gold medals with Kanah Pumphrey (12-13 girls’ 1-meter), Emma Rhines (12-13 girls’ 3-meter), Sammantha Helmboldt (14-15 girls’ 1-meter), Chloe McKnight (14-15 girls’ 3-meter), and Nicholas Stone (14-15 boys’ 3-meter) all securing first place.
Two other divers swept events in their respective age group, with Mikolas Schwickert of Clavadistas del Sol winning first place in all three 11-and-under events and Chase Sorosky of Arizona Marlins securing the gold for the 12-13 boys’ age group.
Joining Schwickert with the gold hardware is teammate Mackenna Stocker with a win in the 14-15 girls’ platform event.
Phoenix Dive Club brought home gold in three events including Gage Dubois’ wins in the 14-15 boys’ 1-meter and platform events. Teammate Daniel Muller brought home the gold in the 16-18 boys’ 1-meter event.
East Valley Dive Club’s Victoria Knapp won two golds in the 16-18 girls’ springboard events while Sun Devil Divers secured two wins with Claire Ellish (12-13 girls’ platform) and Zachary Lundgren (16-18 boys’ platform).
Rounding out the Region 11 Championships were wins by Jaye Patrick of Aztec Divers San Diego in the 16-18 girls’ platform event and Isaac Newman in the 16-18 boys’ 3-meter event.
In their home pool of the beautifully renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center, Mission Viejo Nadadores were propelled to the overall team champion title.
Two divers swept events in their respective age group, with Ryan Augustine of Pacific Diving Academy winning all three events in the 12-13 boys’ age group and Joshua Thai of SoCal Divers winning three gold medals in the 14-15 boys’ age group.
Joining Thai with two gold medals is teammate Markie Hopkins as she swept the 16-18 girls’ springboard events.
Three other divers swept the springboard events in their age group, with Ciera Center of Rose Bowl Aquatics (12-13 girls’ 1-meter and 3-meter), Teo Fassi of Rose Bowl Aquatics (11-and-under boys’ 1-meter and 3-meter), and Andrew Harness of Trojan Dive Club (16-18 boys’ 1-meter and 3-meter) all securing gold medals.
In addition to Harness’ pair of golds, Trojan Dive Club brought home three additional gold medals led by Tatsuya Machida (16-18 boys’ platform), Marc Huang (11-and-under boys’ platform), and Elena Yeh (14-15 girls’ 3-meter).
Los Angeles Dive Club had two first-place finishes with Christina Xu (11-and-under girls’ 3-meter) and Alexandra Warshaw (14-15 girls’ 1-meter).
Valley Dive Sherman Oaks diver Laura Fisher finished first in the 14-15 girls’ platform event and Jacqueline Chen of Arrow Dive Club won the 11-and-under girls’ platform event. In front of her home crowd, Avery Giese of Mission Viejo Nadadores brought home the gold in the 12-13 girls’ platform event.
Unattached divers Sophia McAfee (16-18 girls’ platform) and Monserrat Vazquez (11-and-under girls’ 1-meter) had impressive performances that led them to the top of the podium in their respective events.