6 Divers Qualify to USA Nationals
Fifteen athletes from the Marlins Diving team at the YMCA of Greenwich competed last weekend in the USA Diving Zone A Championships, at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in Rockville, Maryland. Five of those divers will be continuing on to the 2019 USA Diving Junior National Championships next month (July 28 - August 6) at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
A top ten finish at a Zone meet qualifies the diver for the preliminary round at USA Diving Junior Nationals, while a top three finish prequalifies the diver to the semifinals. Grayson Ford (Greenwich), Quinn Neyer (Stamford), Annie Bingle (Riverside), Grace Wu (Greenwich), Madelyn Seltzer (Scarsdale, NY) and Katherine Greenberg (Greenwich) have all qualified for Nationals. Bingle, who won two gold medals and a silver, and Ford (a silver and a bronze medal) are prequalified to the semifinals.
"We are very proud of the divers who competed at the Zone meet," said Marlins coach Dylan Korn. "The five that are continuing on to the USA Diving Junior Nationals have worked incredibly hard and definitely earned their spot!" The full Zone results follow.
In the 11 & U events, Grayson Ford (Greenwich) won a silver medal on 1-meter and a bronze medal on 3-meter. Quinn Neyer (Stamford) finished 10th on 1-meter and 6th on 3-meter.
In the Girls 12-13 events, Ava Vranos (Old Greenwich) placed 16th on 1-meter and 17th on 3-meter. Annelise Enters (Darien) finished 20th on 1-meter and 23rd on 3-meter. In the Boys 12-13 events, Jacob Winston (Old Greenwich) finished 16th on 1-meter and 14th on 3-meter, while Declan Bannerton (Darien) finished 20th on 1-meter and 15th on 3-meter.
In the Girls 14-15 events, Annie Bingle took top honors with two gold medals (1-meter and 3-meter springboard) and a silver medal on platform. Grace Wu (Greenwich) finished 10th on both 1-meter and 3-meter. Veronica Fyfe (Hillsdale, NJ) placed 14th on 1-meter and 16th on 3-meter. Kaitlyn Maggio (Norwalk) placed 30th on 1m, 22nd on 3-meter, and 14th on platform; and Lilly Wurm (Darien) placed 32nd on 1-meter. In the Boys 14-15 events, Sawyer Neyer (Stamford) finished 27th on 1-meter and 25th on 3-meter.
In the 16-18 events, Madelyn Seltzer (Scarsdale, NY) placed 19th on 1-meter, 10th on 3-meter, and 18th on platform. Katherine Greenberg (Greenwich) placed 11th on 3-meter, 20th on 1-meter, and 15th on platform. Hannah Craley (Redding) placed 24th on 1-meter and 24th on 3-meter, while Louisa Thompson (Scarsdale, NY) placed 34th on 1-meter.
Overall, the Marlins snagged 6th place for the combined Women’s and Men’s teams; 4th place for the Women’s team; and 16th place for the Men’s team.
The Marlins will be heading to Riverside, CA for their next competition July 15 – 22, at AAU Diving Nationals.