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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, August 16. FOUR gold medals were awarded Saturday at the AT&T National Diving Championships, and divers from Longhorn Aquatics had a hand in three of them. Four-time Olympian Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) placed first in men’s 3-meter, Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) won women’s 10-meter, and Mark Anderson (Lake Forest, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Toby Stanley (Noblesville, Ind.) won men’s synchronized 10-meter. 2008 Olympian Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Amanda Burke (Southampton, Pa./State College, Pa.) rounded out Saturday’s gold medalists with a win in women’s synchronized 3-meter.
Dumais won his 36th career national title with 492.30 points to place first in men’s 3-meter. The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist scored more than 80 points on four of his six dives, with 94.50 points on his reverse 3 ½ tuck in round five. He closed out his day with 81.60 points on his front 2 ½ with 2 twists to secure his most recent national title at age 34.
“I’m coming off the best month of training I’ve had in a long time. I could have done better, but I’m pleased with how I dove,” Dumais said. “I took (Friday) off. That’s something I wouldn’t normally have done in the past. My legs felt great today. I don’t recover as fast as the younger divers anymore, but I still enjoy diving and I still love competing. The younger divers push me, and if I can push them too, that’s great for our sport all around.”
Aaron Fleshner (Spring, Texas/Tuscaloosa, Ala.), who won the 1-meter title on Wednesday, was second with 449.25 points. Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind.) was third at 446.50.
Bromberg scored 368.15 points to easily win her third career 10-meter national title, finishing 55.55 points ahead of her closest competitor. In second place after round one, she took the lead with 89.10 points on her back 3 ½ tuck in round two and scored 83.20 points on her inward 3 ½ tuck in round four. She scored just 49.60 points on her final dive (a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists), but she had already secured the win before she did the dive.
“I’m happy with my performance, although I wish that last dive would have been a little better. That’s my struggle dive right now. Other than that, I thought my other dives were pretty good,” Bromberg said.
Annika Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Los Angeles) was second at 312.60, and Olivia Rosendahl (Los Angeles) was third with 301.70 points.
Burke and Rittenhouse scored 311.70 points to win their first national title as a synchro team. Rittenhouse won two synchro national titles in 2007 and 2008 with Kelci Bryant, her synchro partner at the 2008 Olympic Games. Burke and Rittenhouse led the entire contest Saturday and closed out their list with 73.80 points on their back 2 ½ pike and 71.10 points on their front 2 ½ with a twist.
“I’m excited to be diving with Ariel. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to be matched up with her in synchro. She’s someone I’ve always looked up to,” Burke said. “We’ve been focusing on our timing, and I knew once we got that down, we’d match up well.”
Deidre Freeman (Grinnell, Iowa) and Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) were second with 284.40 points, while Sarah Bacon (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Brooke Schultz (Cicero, Ind.) scored 279.96 points for third.
Anderson and Stanley finished with 383.40 points, highlighted by 78.72 points on their back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists in the final round, to win their first national title in 10-meter synchro.
“I’m really happy with how we dove. We improved our score by 20 points from the prelims to win our first national title. We knew we could do it. We just needed to stay calm and put together a solid list when it counted,” Anderson said.
Zach Cooper (Trafalgar, Ind.) and Tanner Wilfong (Hershey, Pa./Coral Gables, Fla.) were second with 352.86 points, while Tarek Abdleghany (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Brandon Loschiavo (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scored 313.95 points for third.
The AT&T National Diving Championships come to a close Sunday, August 17 with finals in women’s synchronized 10-meter, men’s synchronized 3-meter, women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter.
2014 AT&T National Diving Championships – August 16, 2014
Synchronized Men’s 10-meter
1. Toby Stanley (Indiana Diving) / Mark Anderson (Longhorn Aquatics), 383.40;2. Zachary Cooper (Indiana Diving) / Tanner Wilfong (Unattached), 352.86;3. Brandon Loschiavo (Mission Viejo) / Tarek Abdelghany (Mission Viejo), 313.95;4. Andrew Hull (Indiana University Dive Club) / Danton Rogers (Indiana University Dive Club), 286.08
Synchronized women’s 3-meter
1. Ariel Rittenhouse (Stanford Diving) / Amanda Burke (Unattached), 311.70;2. Maren Taylor (Longhorn Aquatics) / Deidre Freeman (Iowa Diving Club), 284.40;3. Brooke Schultz (Indiana Diving) / Sarah Bacon (Indiana Diving), 279.96;4. Annika Lenz (UCLA Diving) / Daria Lenz (SoCal Divers), 257.31;5. Kassidy Cook (Unattached) / Ashlynn Peters (Woodlands Diving Academy), 256.35;6. Kristen Hayden (Duke Diving) / Kirby Quinn (Unattached), 221.37
1.Troy Dumais (Longhorn Aquatics), 492.30;2. Aaron Fleshner (Alabama Diving), 449.25;3. Darian Schmidt (Indiana University Dive Club), 446.50;4. Jordan Windle (Duke Diving), 446.40;5. Jack Nyquist (North Carolina Diving), 432.70;6. Bryce Klein (GC Diving), 429.20;7. Michael Hixon (Unattached), 418.40;8. Bradley Christensen (Stanford Diving), 397.70;9. Connor Kuremsky (Stanford Diving), 385.85;10. Henry Fusaro (Clavadistas del Sol), 385.45;11. Cory Bowersox (Longhorn Aquatics), 361.65;12. Zachary Nees (Unattached), 328.20
1. Samantha Bromberg (Longhorn Aquatics), 368.15;2. Annika Lenz (UCLA Diving), 312.60;3. Olivia Rosendahl (Trojan Dive Club), 301.70;4. Kahley Rowell (Unattached), 301.30;5. Madison Witt (Mission Viejo), 291.95;6. Amy Cozad (Unattached), 291.50;7. Mya Kraeger (YCF Diving Team), 283.80;8. Cassie Weil (Unattached), 280.85;9. Lisa Faulkner (YCF Diving Team), 275.30;10. Cassidy Gebhart (Woodlands Diving Academy), 257.65;11. Rachel Rubadue (Ohio State Diving Club), 255.25;12. Kelli Stockton (H2okie Aquatics), 247.50
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