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USA Diving Zone Championships

Once again our divers & team as a whole did an amazing job at our Zone meets! We had a phenomenal USA season last year but somehow we topped it this year! Last year we had 14 divers in 31 events qualify to Nationals . . . this year we have 15 divers in 41 events! That also includes 2 divers (Lyle Yost and Janie Boyle) qualifying into 6 events at the Senior National level!

As a team we decided to split between two Zone meets and we still ended up bringing home a bronze medal banner at the Lexington, Kentucky Zone meet! We are incredibly proud of each & every one of our divers - not only to the divers that move on to the National stage but to all the competitors at the Regional & Zone meets. They all competed and carried themselves with pride and composure. It is wonderful to see all their efforts pay off whether they move on or not. There were so many great moments and memories, so many things to learn from and take away to improve, many high scores, personal records, new dives learned, new heights reached (literally), and lessons learned. 

We would like to thank all the parents out there for helping us help your kids reach new heights and gain confidence in a very challenging sport. We know this will help them in life as they grow and mature! Your time and effort is known and much appreciated! 

Below is a recap of this year's National qualifiers. You can see all the results on DiveMeets (Zone C - Lexington, KY  and  Zone D - Brown Deer, WI).

2017 National Qualifiers

11u:
Samantha Holtz - P-6th (1st-time national qualifier)
Tatum Zollar - 1m-6th / 3m-8th / P-5th (2-time national qualifier)
Mitch Caldwell - 1m-3rd / 3m-2nd) / P-3rd (2-time national qualifier)
RJ Keating - 1m-6th / 3m-4th / P-5th (3-time national qualifier)
Dominic Roberto - 1m-1st / 3m-1st / P-1st (4-time national qualifier)

12-13:
Ezra Dykema - 3m-10th / P-6th (1st-time national qualifier)

14-15:
​Tara Fitzgerald - P-4th (2-time national qualifier)
Mary O'Neill - 1m-8th / 3m-6th / P-3rd (3-time national qualifier)

Hannah Zahniser - 3m-10th / P-7th (5-time national qualifier)
Carter Prins - 1m-7th / 3m-5th / P-2nd (1st-time national qualifier)

16-18:
Janie Boyle - 1m-9th / 3m-8th / P-4th (3-time national qualifier)

Sidney O'Donnell - 1m-13th (5-time national qualifier)
Spencer Bystrom - P-9th (3-time naitonal qualifier)
Peter Nachtwey - 1m-5th / 3m-13th / P-5th (5-time national qualifier)
Lyle Yost - 1m-3rd / 3m-1st / P-1st (7-time national qualifier)

Sr. Nationals:
Janie Boyle - all events prequalified 1m, 3m, P (3-time national qualifier)
Lyle Yost - all events prequalified 1m, 3m, P (7-time national qualifier)

Team Results:
Zone C - Girls-8th / Boys-2nd / Combined-3rd place banner!

Zone D - Girls-9th / Boys-9th / Combined-8th
 


 

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.

 

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 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


USA Diving

2017 USA Synchronized Diving National Championships set to take place in Atlanta, GA from April 12-15.

2017 USA Diving Regional and Zone Championships TBD. See Coach Marc for more details.

2017 USA Diving National Championships set to take place at Ohio State University from July 29-August 12. 


High School

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


 

MULTIMEDIA

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

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