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USA Diving

On behalf of myself & our coaching staff we would like to congratulate all our divers who participated in USA Diving Regional, Zone, and National Championships this year. Your hard work and dedication to the sport resulted in the team & individuals having unprecedented success!

At the Region 5 Championship at Eastern Michigan University, 20 divers qualified for the Zone C Championship at the University of Michigan. At Zones, 14 divers (pictured below) qualified for the USA National Championships in 31 combined 1-meter, 3-meter, and platform events, collecting seven gold medals, three silver medals, and three bronze medals in the process! In addition to the individual success stories, the team won the Zone C Championship bronze award for the club! 

The success continued at the USA National Championships in Moultrie, Georgia, where multiple divers advanced to additional competition rounds, and 5 divers reached the final round of competition in 8 events. It was our team’s best finish at Nationals! AFD ended up 18th out of nearly 100 of the nation's most respected teams!

We would also like to extend a special congratulations to Dominic Roberto, our first ever Summer USA Diving Junior National Champion in the 11 & under platform event! Read more from the Solon Times (subscription required).

Back row (left to right):
Peter Nachtwey, 16-18 year-old boys (4-time qualifier): 38th - 3m Quarterfinals, 33rd - Platform Semifinals
Janie Boyle, 14-15 year-old girls (2-time qualifier): 19th - 1m Semifinals, 16th - 3m Semifinals, 5th - Platform Finals
Mary O'Neill, 14-15 year-old girls (2-time qualifier): 16th - 3m Quarterfinals
Sidney O'Donnell, 14-15 year-old girls (4-time qualifier qualifier): 25th - 1 Meter Semifinals, 25th - 3 Meter Semifinals, 11th - Platform Finals
Spencer Bystrom, 14-15 year-old boys (2-time qualifier): 17th - 1 Meter Quarterfinals, 23rd - 3 Meter Semifinals, 12th - Platform Finals
Lyle Yost, 16-18 year-old boys (6-time qualifier): 4th - 1 Meter Finals, 4th - 3 Meter Finals, 6th - Platform Finals, 12th - 3 Meter Senior Men Finals

Middle row (left to right):
Victoria Blechschmid
, 12-13 year-old girls (1st-time qualfier): 38th - 3 Meter Quarterfinals, 17th - Platform Quarterfinals
Hannah Zahniser, 14-15 year-old girls (4-time qualfier): did not compete due to an injury
Courtney Keane, 12-13 year-old girls (1st-time qualfier): 23rd - Platform Quarterfinals
Tara FitzGerald, 14-15 year-old girls (1st-time qualifer): 13th - Platform Quarterfinals

Front row (left to right):
Tatum Zollar
, 11 and under girls (1st-time qualfier): did not compete
Mitch Calwell, 11 and under boys (1st-time qualfier): 21st - 1 Meter Semifinals, 14th - Platform Semifinals
Dominic Roberto, 11 and under boys (3-time qualfier): 14th - 1 Meter Semifinals, 16th - 3 Meter Semifinals, 1st - Platform
RJ Keating, 11 and under boys (2-time qualfier): 22nd - 1 Meter Quarterfinals, 17th - 3 Meter Quarterfinals, 25th - Platform Semifinals



American Flyers Diving is a year-round age group springboard and platform diving club designed to teach and develop athletes from novice to the highest ELITE level. The American Flyers diving team has been an official team member of United States Diving since 1995.


Our ultimate goal is to teach kids how to dive, how to be competitive, and still have fun. We strive to make a positive experience out of learning something new. Diving is very much an individual effort and every person has a different mental and emotional way of learning. With positive motivation and safe skill development, diving can be a great way to achieve both physical and mental confidence. As a club, each individual learns to contribute to the success of the team, building a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment. These are all skills which we believe are useful in life as well.



The American Flyers Diving Club utilizes 3 physical training approaches. The first is the most obvious – diving boards and water. The second is visual training. This includes a digital video system to record and play back each dive on a delay so each athlete can see their last dive as they exit the water. The third, and one of the most important, is less obvious – dry land training. This includes a “dry board,” trampoline (both with overhead spotting rigs), and a workout area.

Dry land training is a key element in the progression of safe skill development for diving. This allows a diver to perform the skills at a basic level and master key body positions before progressing to more difficult skills. Correct form and increased repetition aids in a better foundation for muscle memory which are of great importance to any activity. The process of building muscle memory can be greatly sped up with dry land work. During dry land training, a diver will get through many more repetitions in much less time than they will in the water. This, in turn, maximizes practice time. Another great reward that this type of training can provide for divers is a heightened level of confidence in a shorter amount of time.



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The Ohio Dive League (ODL) - Must be a current AAU Member! - use the club code WW7WYE

The Ohio Diving League (ODL) season will start again in late Fall. Please check the ODL Website for the latest information. All divers are welcome to participate, no matter what level of experience! The cost per meet is $30. If you are a Future Flyer, Pre-Travel, or Travel Team diver, you have prepaid for ALL ODL meets.

PLEASE NOTE: High school divers cannot participate in ODL meets while the high school season is taking place (you can still practice as normal). Here is the 2016-2017 meet schedule as it currently stands:

November 13, 2016 - Canton

December 11, 2016 - Oberlin College

January 15, 2017 - University of Toledo

March TBA, 2017 - Youngstown State University

April TBA, 2016  - Wright State University

May TBA, 2017 - TBD

High School

Make sure you have a current AAU membership & are signed up appropriately with AFD



Dominic Roberto and the team visit Solon City Hall where he receives a Proclamation from Mayor Drucker at the September 19, 2016 Council Meeting.

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