Sophie Verzyl Becomes First Female Diver To Complete Reverse 3 ½ (307C) On 3-Meter

2023 USA Diving Winter Nationals Qualifier

  • November 28-30, 2023
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Results

South Carolina’s Sophie Verzyl made history on Tuesday during the USA Diving Winter National Qualifiers, becoming the first female diver to complete the reverse 3 ½ Somersault dive on 3-meter.

The dive holds the highest degree of difficulty in USA Diving’s scoring format at 3.5.

The dive can be seen on RipFest Diving’s Instagram Stories here. The full diving session is also available to watch here.

Although it wasn’t Verzyl’s highest-scoring dive of the event, she did secure victory in the women’s 3-meter springboard, scoring 248.55 to top Emilie Moore (240.55) and Violet Williamson (239.40).

The event was contested as part of the USA Diving Winter Nationals “Qualifier” meet, with the official Winter Nationals getting underway on Wednesday.

A redshirt junior, Verzyl was 23rd on 1-meter and 24th on 3-meter for South Carolina at the 2023 Women’s NCAA Championships.

The men’s 1-meter event was won by Ethan Swart, Verzyl’s RipFest Diving teammate, who scored 315.65 to edge out Mohamed Noaman (313.75) and Bennett Greene (308.75).

The official Winter National competition got underway on Wednesday morning, with Texas teammates Bridget O’Neil and Noah Duperre securing victory in the mixed 3-meter synchro event. Verzyl placed third alongside Luke Forester.

In the mixed 10-meter synchro, it was Tyler Wills and Bayleigh Cranford coming out on top.

You can watch the full session below:

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Pieter H
2 months ago

No video of the dive?

What is this, 1996?

Dive fan
2 months ago

Wasn’t Aranza Vazquez actually the first?? She competed it at ACCs and a dual meet last season.

Anonymous
Reply to  Dive fan
2 months ago

Yeah, Aranaza was the first in the NCAA. Sophie is probably the first American woman to compete it at least.

Dive fan
2 months ago

Wasn’t Aranza Vazquez the first to compete this dive?? She did it at ACCs and a dual meet last season

Long Strokes
2 months ago

I don’t think people realize how big of a deal this is. This is like Kate Douglass crushing the 200IM record good.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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