Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) and Gary Hunt (GBR) could choose from majestic cataract falls, circular basins flanked by red rocks and what is said to be the greenest canyon on earth when they scouted the Drakensberg escarpment region of eastern Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Miami’s David Dinsmore won the 2017 NCAA platform dive title, but lost last year to Colin Zeng and two freshman phenoms. All four return this year in what could be the most explosive diving event in recent NCAA memory.
Indiana’s Jessica Parratto won her second-straight event on the women’s side, capping a dominant Zone Championships. Parratto won on platform, beating two-time defending NCAA champ Olivia Rosendahl of Northwestern. Parratto also beat Rosendahl at Big Tens, though Parratto has won Big Tens the past two years only for Rosendahl to take the win at NCAAs.
Newcomers and redshirt returners threaten to shake up last year’s diving order, including on 1-meter, where UCLA’s Maria Polyakova returns from a redshirt year to recreate what was a seven-point thriller of a finish with Sarah Bacon and Alison Gibson in 2017.
Zone diving couldn’t have gone much better for the Indiana Hoosiers over the first two days: IU diver Jessica Parratto won the women’s 1-meter title, while Hoosiers James Connor and Andrew Capobianco went 1-2 for the second-straight day, this time on men’s 3-meter.
Indiana’s men went 1-2 on 1-meter to open the Zone C Diving Championships, while several top-10 contending teams qualified divers to NCAAs.
The USA Diving High Performance department announced the 2019 High Performance Tier Three Squad, consisting of 43 divers and featuring two members that represented Team USA at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.
The USC women will add two more divers to their NCAA roster with Madison Witt and Carly Souza qualifying today on platform at the Zone E Championships.