Welcome to American Flyers Diving

2018 USA Diving Boys Jr National Team Champions
2018 USA Diving Jr National 5th Place Team Overall
2018 AAU Diving National Championship 5th Place Team Overall

 

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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.

MESSAGE FROM THE FLYERS

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.

 

AMERICAN FLYERS DIVING TRAINING METHODOLOGY

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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TEAM GEAR AND APPAREL

We are continuing to add new American Flyers Apparel to our online store. Go to the "shop" tab, then "buy gear" to outfit your family and friends in American Flyers Diving Team Gear!

 

MEETS AND COMPETITION

The Ohio Dive League (ODL) - Must be a current AAU Member! - use the club code WYW73Y

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 will be posted. If you are Red, White or Blue 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 meet schedule as it currently stands:


USA Diving

2018 USA Diving National Championships - Atlanta, GA:

  • Boy's Team Champions
  • 5th Overall Team
  • Lyle Yost - 16/18 - National Champion 1M & Platform; 4th Place 3M
  • R.J. Keating - 11 & Under - Silver Medalist 1M; 6th Place Platform
  • Mitchell Caldwell - 11 & Under - 4th Place 3M & Platform; 7th Place 1M
  • Janie Boyle - 16/18 - 5th Place Platform 

Individual High Point Awards

  • Lyle Yost - 40 points
  • Mitchell Caldwell - 27 points
  • R.J. Keating - 20 points
  • Janie Boyle - 9 points

Congratulations to all the AFD USA Diving National Qualifiers!

  • Janie Boyle - 16/18 Group 1M, 3M, Platform - 4x Qualifier
  • Spencer Bystrom - 16/18 Group Platform - 4x Qualifier
  • Mitchell Caldwell - 11 & Under Group 1M, 3M, Platform - 3x Qualifier
  • Samantha Holtz - 12/13 Group 3M, Platform - 2x Qualifier
  • R.J. Keating - 11 & Under Group 1M, 3M, Platform - 4x Qualifier
  • Dominic Roberto - 12/13 Group 1M, 3M, Platform - 5x Qualifier
  • Lyle Yost - 16/18 Group 1M, 3M, Platform - 8x Qualifier


AAU

2018 AAU Diving National Championships - San Antonio, TX:

  • 5th Overall Team
  • Jamie Doak - Group A 18 - National Champion 3M; 6th Place 1M
  • Samantha Holtz - Group C 12 - Silver Medalist 1M; 7th Place 3M
  • Coach Matt O'Neill - Synchro 16-19+ - Silver Medalist; Group A 19+ - Bronze Medalist 3M; 4th Place 1M
  • R.J. Keating - Group D 11 - Bronze Medalist 3M; 4th Place 1M; 5th Place Platform
  • Spencer Bystrom & Jackson Salisbury - Synchro 16-19+ - 4th Place
  • Spencer Bystrom - Group A 17 - 5th Place 3M; 5th Place Platform
  • Mary O'Neill - Group A 16 - 5th Place 1M; 9th Place 3M
  • Tara Fitzgerald & Mary O'Neill - Synchro 16-19+ - 6th Place
  • Sidney O'Donnell - Group A 17 - 10th Place Tower; 12th Place 3M
  • Jackson Salisbury - Group A 17 - 10th Place Tower  
  • Carter Prins - Group A 16 - 12th Place 1M

Congratulations to all the AFD AAU Diving National Qualifiers!

  • Victoria Blechschmid - 15 Group 1M, 3M, Platform
  • Spencer Bystrom - 17 Group 1M, 3M, Platform & 16-19+ Synchro
  • Jamie Doak - 18 Group 1M, 3M, Platform
  • Tara Fitzgerald - 16 Group 1M, 3M, Platform & 16-19+ Synchro
  • Samantha Holtz - 12 Group 1M, 3M, Platform
  • R.J. Keating - 11 Group 1M, 3M, Platform
  • Kate LaMonica - 16 Group 1M, 3M, Platform
  • Amanda Leizman - 17 Group 1M, 3M, Platform
  • Alexandra Ludgate - 14 Group 1M, 3M, Platform
  • Bethany Mercer - 13 Group 1M, 3M, Platform
  • Sidney O'Donnell - 17 Group 1M, 3M, Platform
  • Mary O'Neill - 16 Group 1M, 3M, Platform & 16-19+ Synchro
  • Coach Matt O'Neill - 19+ Group 3M & 16-19+ Synchro
  • Carter Prins - 16 Group 1M, Platform
  • Jackson Salisbury - 17 Group 1M, 3M, Platform & 16-19+ Synchro
  • Tatum Zollar - 12 Group 1M, 3M, Platform

 

Congratulations to our 2018 High School All-American 1 Meter Diving Recipients!

  • Janie Boyle - Grade 11 - Orange High School - Woodmere, OH
  • Spencer Bystrom - Grade 11 - Beachwood High School - Beachwood, OH
  • Kamryn Goodrick - Grade 12 - West Geauga High School - Chesterland, OH
  • Sidney O'Donnell - Grade 11 - Solon High School - Solon, OH
  • Mary O'Neill - Grade 10 - Kenston High School - Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Jackson Salisbury - Grade 10 - Solon High School - Solon, OH
  • Lyle Yost - Grade 11 - Shaker Heights High School - Shaker Heights, OH

MULTIMEDIA

Channel 5 names Lyle Yost the student athlete of the week. Watch the full interview below.

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