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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