Everything You Need To Know About Last Week’s Diving

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By Erin Keaveny, Swimming World Contributor 

Sunday, May 26, 2019 was the final day of a big week in diving. USA Diving’s Senior National Championship wrapped up along with the FINA High Diving World Cup and the last leg of the FINA Diving World Series.

The FINA Diving World Series wrapped up on May 18th in London. Jack Laugher came out on top on 3m springboard in his home country. Laugher’s performance fell just short of the world record. Daniel Goodfellow, also from Great Britain, earned the silver medal. Wang Zongyuan from China came in third.

Team Great Britain will ride this victory into the upcoming World Championships. There is also the possibility of a strong Laugher-Goodfellow synchro team.

China swept all other events in London, including 13-year-old Chen Yuxi’s dominant performance on women’s ten meter.

On May 25th and 26th in Zhaoqing, China, favorites dominated at the FINA High Diving World Cup. Gary Hunt won the men’s contest for the fourth year in a row. Rhiannan Iffland, the most decorated woman in the sport, took gold in the women’s event.

Finally, over the course of the week Team USA determined who is diving on their World Championship team at USA Diving Senior Nationals.

Amy Magana and Delaney Schnell dominated the field on platform earning the top two spots. The women topped third place by 40 points. On men’s platform, Brandon Loschiavo and David Dinsmore came out on top, also besting bronze by forty points.

Brooke Schultz and Maria Coburn finished 0.15 points away from each other, and only 7 points ahead of Sarah Bacon, on 3m springboard.

Four-time Olympic Medalist David Boudia, won gold on men’s 3m, his 21st national title. He was followed by the only other Olympic veteran in the final event, Mike Hixon.

Team USA’s World Championship Roster is as follows:

Platform- Amy Magana, Delaney Schnell, Brandon Loschiavo, David Dinsmore

1m Springboard (non-Olympic event)- Sarah Bacon, Maria Coburn, Briadam Herrera, Michael Hixon

3m Springboard – Brooke Schultz, Sarah Bacon, Michael Hixon, David Boudia

Synchronized Platform – Murphy Bromberg/Katrina Young, Ben Bramley/Steele Johnson

Synchronized Springboard – Alison Gibson/Krista Palmer, Andrew Capobianco/Michael Hixon

Mixed Synchro (non-Olympic events) – Briadam Herrera/Lauren Reedy, Zach Cooper/Olivia Rosendahl