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Syracuse Swimming and Diving on Chopping Block

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GB Junior Nationals Diving Championships 2007 Live results
Ohio State signs Sean Moore to Columbus. Moore, the son of former Buckeye diving great and 1972 Olympian Tim Moore,
Super Senior Dives into New Adventure

"I came here in 1956 to go to college and never left. I've been attending classes at the University of Hawaii longer than anyone on campus."....Mike, is U.H. Diving Coach Mike Brown. Who saw Chris observing and asked him if he wanted to start doing.

Swimming no longer a struggle for Muslim woman at UCSC

For decades, Muslim women have had to balance their athletic ambitions with the restrictions of their religious dress. Swimming has posed particular difficulty, and in Islamic countries,

Denver Signs Rose Farruggia to Diving Tea
Daley's making a splash - Daily Mail - UK

Tom Daley was 13 only last week but in 14 months he could be diving for Britain at the Olympic Games, the youngest in the competition. ...

Diving Tigers prepare for Invitational

Dewey Newsome, GVSU swim (dive) coach eyes return from stroke

It's not a matter of if Dewey Newsome will continue to serve as Grand Valley State's only swimming and diving coach. Newsome said it's a matter of when he'll back, as the 62-year-old continues to recover from a March 18 stroke.

Univ. of Pittsburgh New plans let non-revenue sports think big

Forget Seton Hall and Rutgers. Forget Villanova and Cincinnati, too. The University of Pittsburgh has bigger aspirations, national aspirations....The athletic department also plans to spend $11.4 million to renovate Fitzgerald Field House, Trees Hall and the Cost Sports Center and put a diving well into Trees Pool.

Brown commits millions to aquatics.

PROVIDENCE — Christmas arrived early for Peter Brown and Jason Gall and their aquatics athletes when the Corporation of Brown University on Friday authorized the design and construction of a new $35-million swimming and diving facility on the site of the closed Smith Swim Center.

Pool stars swimming in cash People's Daily Online - Beijing,China.
Diving Team Heads To International Competition- Orlando,FL,USA

Cherie Hammond is used to doing difficult types of handstands. For ten years, she trained as a gymnast. Now, she is competing in the water...“The conversion to diving is flip of the coin for a gymnast. They either can do it or they can't," Team Orlando Diving head coach Jay LeRew said.

Moss Farms success continues under new coach

Golden Grado wins second diving title

Two members of KW Diving Club qualify for nationalWaterloo,Canada
Ruiz contemplates diving back into Olympics
Grand prix cost 'outweighs benefit'

The report says while events such as the grand prix, FINA World Swimming Championships and 2006 Commonwealth Games "undoubtedly" deliver economic benefit to the state, the government needed to improve its economic assessments of them.

Ex-BHS diver earns All-American honors

WINNIPEG'S Vaughan Baird has won the inaugural Allen G. Rae builder award for 2007 from Ottawa-based Sports Officials Canada for his contribution to the development of sports officials and the advancement of the sports officiating profession. In a statement Tuesday, SOC called Baird a true leader in sport and the man mostly responsible for separating amateur aquatic sports into individual organizations such as swimming and diving. He was also founding president of the Canadian Amateur Diving Association (now Diving Canada) in 1968.

Michael Neubacher signs with LSU LaFollette will dive for Grinnell College
Dan Gladden Talks Bob Sansevere Listens 'I COULDN'T WEAR A SPEEDO'

I was the second-best diver. The coach asked us to show up for uniforms. I couldn't wear that uniform. I wore Hang Ten shorts. He said part of our grade on

Former Texas A&M men’s swimmer Alex Dawson was hired as the new director of operations for the Aggie men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs on Monday.

For Gao Min, life is more fun after Games

"What I am doing now is just for fun. Diving is no longer my whole life and my family takes priority," Gao told China Daily....She remains the only female diver to surpass the 600-point mark on the springboard, and her record of 635 remains beyond the reach of most of today's international crop.

DeWitt to dive at UW-Milwaukee

Kiefer left his mark on swimming worldwide.
Grado's twist of fate sinks Sishc

Fort Collins CO - Conifer's Ben Grado saved his absolute best for last.- With a state title on the line, the defending Class 4A diving champion went to his biggest and best dive (a front one-and-a-half with a triple twist;...."I love twisting, and that's my dive," said Grado, who will dive at the University of Arizona next season. "It's the best dive in my list."

Diving: Dashiell jumps at his chance (CA HS. Championships)

"My initial reaction was `Oh no, this can't happen to him. He's amazing,' " Dashiell said. "But then I thought `Oh my God, where does that put me?'...The former varsity cheerleader quickly distanced herself from Taft's Melissa Hymes (299.30), Palisades' Ashley Baele (289.20), Birmingham's Allison Gillis (258.75) and Granada Hills' Kristina Fivecoat (229.55).

Here's something to fall back on-ECR divers shine in second sport

A broken wrist brought a premature end to the gymnastics career of Danny Gruen. Shoulder surgery limited Jamie Flynn's prospects as a cheerleader.But the injuries wound up being a saving grace for the future of the diving program at El Camino Real of Woodland Hills

Velma Dunn Ploessel, 88; Olympic diving medalist, PE instructor

Velma Dunn Ploessel, a platform diver who won a silver medal at the 1936 Olympics and went on to teach physical education in the Los Angeles Unified School District for nearly 40 years, has died. She was 88.

Diver Sarah McCullough have signed with Florida Gulf Coast.
Diving boards now rarities at high schools

"A lot of people are fairly litigious, and school districts are sometimes thought of as having deep pockets," Toohey said. "They have to be careful." ...."You know, I just don't buy it," said Shane Butler, diving coach at Los Alamitos. "Some schools pull out the liability card, but in the 16 or 17 years, I've been coaching, I've seen maybe three accidents."

Patrick Heyen, Lincoln, Neb Signs with South Dakota State University
CCS swimming and diving championships: Robertson twins flying high

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz,CA,USA
Bob Sales, the Robertsons' diving coach at San Lorenzo Valley High, said going from the trampoline to the diving board was a natural progression. ...

Three giants battle over London 2012 Aquatics Centre

SM East’s Kline finds a goal worth diving for -Kansas City Star - MO,USA

Melissa Wu medals again - Redland,Queensland,Australia
Smolczyk Leads Four Coyotes On NCC Academic Women's At-Large Team

University of South Dakota Coyotes - Vermillion,SD,USA
Smolczyk, a junior All-American diver from Omaha, Neb., was named for the second straight season. Other Coyotes.

News From Beijing 2008

GamesBids.com - USA-The greatest demand is for tickets for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, followed by the basketball and diving competitions.

Morgan LaRandeau: Diver extraordinaire La Vista Sun - Papillion,NE

It appears that La Vista fifth-grader Morgan LaRandeau has inherited a particular talent, a distinct genetic code not yet isolated by scientists, but best understood for now as "the ability to dive and somersault with beauty and grace from awesome heights into deep water." Morgan's a talented girl," said Michael Lee Retelsdorf, her instructor and Midwest Diving Academy's head coach. "She came up through the system very fast."

Still no Chinese coaches for RP Olympians Asianjournal.com -
No tax increase for pool operation Bismarck Tribune - Bismarck,ND,USA
Shanghai to host Special Olympic World Summer Games in October
Chinese snap up 1 million Olympic Games tickets in a month
Birmingham's diving coach leaving after season LA Times - CA,USA

Bryce Lerman, Lake Balboa Birmingham's diving coach the last eight years, will leave the position at season's end to take a nursing job at Scripps Memorial ...

Knockout display by ace Aaron - Cambridge,England,UK

In China, Sports Stars Face Hurdles in the Race for Ad Riches
The deal-breaker was a fight over who owns the rights to his image: Mr. Liu or the government-run China Basketball Association.

Helms named Athlete of the Year

MOULTRIE — Colquitt County’s Ryan Helms, who won his third straight state high school diving championship in February, has been selected as the Region 1-AAAAA co-Athlete of the Year.

RP divers stand to lose 3 golds; rowers hurting

The Thailand SEA Games organizing committee yesterday threatened to shut down yet another of the Philippines' SEAG gold mines after it decided to drop four events in diving—three of which were ruled by Filipinos in competitions held two years ago in Los Baños, Laguna. "They maybe trying to use it as a trading card for events they really want to pull out," said aquatics chief Mark Joseph, who is also the Philippines' top SEAG Task Force official.

Buyers snapping up Olympic Games -France24 - Paris,France

Rong Jun, head of the Olympic Ticketing Centre, said seats for the opening ceremony, basketball and diving competitions were top sellers so far, ...

Half China's Olympic tickets sold

Howard Racer Suffers Legal Blow Teen Wants Points In Wheelchair Events to Count

Over the past two years, McFadden's struggle to count equally in meets against able-bodied runners has divided the track community. Some think McFadden, a Paralympian, is being mistreated; others believe that, by treating McFadden equally and awarding her points in four races held with essentially no opposition, Maryland would create unbalanced competition.

Top 5 Swimming Movies of All Time.

Back to School. This film would without a doubt make a run for number one if it weren’t for one small little detail: it’s actually about diving.  BUT, since the NCAA holds the “Swimming AND Diving Championships” every year, for the purposes of the countdown it will be stand.  Who could forget the Triple Lindy, the greatest dive in the history of diving?  I am still waiting for the Chinese to bust this one out at the Olympics.

Daniel Martin signs with H2Okies (Virginia Tech )

Daniel Martin, hails from Fairfax, Va., where he attended Woodson High School. Martin is the 2007 AAA Virginia High School Champion. A 2006 AAU National Qualifier, he has experienced great improvement over the past two years...Ron Piemonte, Tech's head diving coach, said. "He is a strong diver who possesses skill much beyond his experience level.

Kylie Sellers Signs with University of Northern Colorado

Kylie Sellers will come to the program from Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, where she was the team captain her senior season. A three-time All-Conference selection, and All-State selection her senior season for the Mustangs, Sellers has also won the Region VI championship on the 3-meter board.

Public hit with $63m swim title bill-Melbourne,Victoria,Australia

...... 9100 tickets were given away free during the 16-day event, meaning that a total of 152,547 tickets were sold to members of the public, school groups or sponsors...The 2005 championships in the Canadian city of Montreal reportedly sold 160,000 tickets, yet the event was still considered to be an economic disaster, posting a deficit of 4.8 million Canadian dollars.

Aussie divers clinch second

American wins gold at diving competition.
Childers, a Versailles, Ky. native, signs with University of Evansville
Greg Louganis attends Fina Diving Grand Prix

USMS Names Todd Smith New Executive Director

LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire, May 10. ACCORDING to a press release posted on the United States Masters Swimming (USMS) web site, Todd Smith has been named as the organization's Executive Director.

Troy Dumais wins 3m springboard at Fina Diving Grand Prix
A roofer dives among the best

''Roofers and divers -- it's hilarious but that's our boy,'' said Randy Ableman, a longtime friend of Tarantino's and the University of Miami's diving coach. ``I'm sure he's the only Olympic hopeful diver running around delivering roofing tile.''

Former, current UH stars prevail at Grand Prix Diving competition

Houston,TX,USA, The Russian duo were teamed together by their coach, Jane Figueredo, who is the University of Houston diving coach. "They did awesome for only practicing ...

Diving, Gymnastics, Pistol, Rifle Should Not Be Called Sports The MIT Tech - Boston,MA,USA

4) The outcome must be determined by the participants instead of an observer. Referees, officials, and judges must enforce the rules, but they can't decide the outcome. This is where gymnastics and diving drop out, and it's also where most people stop agreeing with me. Think about this, though: without Rule Four, the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" qualifies as a sport.

Owego's Morabito picks UMBC for diving

Olympian seeks return to gold form

Palm Beach Post - Palm Beach,FL,USA
... I mean personally, and that was (1984 and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Greg) Louganis," said Ken Armstrong, Wilkinson's longtime diving coach. ...

Haapanen Has Solid Outing at FINA/USA Diving Grand Prix
Canada's Alexandre Despatie to receive international diving award
China's Luo, He win synchronized men's 3-meter springboard ...
Russian duo win women's synchronized 3-meter FINA diving grand title
Colwill / Tarantino Bronze

Mission Viejo starts strong (High School diving at it's best)
Chinese put devotion into diving excellence
Rejuvenated diver has Olympic dream

FORT LAUDERDALE — Before each dive off the 3-meter springboard, Boca Raton's Jevon Tarantino turns his back to the pool so he can't see what the diver before him does. Two years ago, Tarantino momentarily turned his back on the sport he had excelled at since childhood.

Roth claims (CA) diving title

Dante Jones (Columbia, Mo. / Hickman) Signs with Mizzou
Jordan Weber and Haley Holmquist sign with Marshall College

Two divers, Jordan Weber (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast) and Haley Holmquist (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Glades), complete Kraus' recruiting class. Weber is the Northeast High School record holder in the one-meter event. She placed fifth at the Florida State High School Class 2A Championships.

Neenah senior Nick Foulks was named diver of the year and his father, Tim Foulks also of the Rockets, was named diving coach of the year during the Wisconsin Swimming and Diving all-state banquet Sunday in Hartford.

Davao divers to undergo rigid training in China

College of the Sequoias' diver Jordan Pollock captured the three-meter diving title at the California Junior College state swimming and diving championships

Despatie makes transition between pool, stage

Montreal Gazette (subscription) - Montreal,Quebec,Canada
"There are lots of similarities between acting and diving," said Despatie, starring in his first film. "Pretty much all my life, I've been told what to do, ...

Despatie wins third gold at Canada Cup Grand Prix diving competition
Chinese athletes are run into the ground (A Good Read)

"Diving Prince" Tian Liang, who earned two Olympic golds and three world championship titles, announced his retirement in March. He plans to open a diving school and enroll in graduate school......... "We would get up at 4 in the morning in the summers and 5 in the winters. We would run up and down hills, sometimes 40 miles a day," Guo said. "For food we ate rotten vegetables and rarely any meat. We got to go home only once in five years. No one dared to complain for fear of being beaten."

China Reigns at Canada Diving Cup
Youth diving program offered - Windsor Locks,CT,
Despatie wins double gold at Canada Cup
2007 Canada Cup Live Video & Results
First Day of Canada Cup Diving Finals Complete

Despatie wins gold in 10-metre at Canada FINA meet

OCC men's swim team claims second straight title

The Pirates scored 601 points, while second-place Ventura finished with 530. OCC's Justin Taylor won the 1-meter diving event with 418.35 points and was named state's Co-Diver of the Year. The Pirates' Bryan Franzen was named the state's Diving Coach of the Year.

VC men's swimmers can't overcome Orange Coast's advantage in diving
GPISD settles discrimination lawsuit

GREGORY-PORTLAND - The Gregory-Portland school district has settled a discrimination lawsuit with the parents of a state champion diver. As part of the settlement, the parents got nearly $120,000 for legal fees, but they said they wanted fair play, not a payday.

Alanna Robertson, Dannon Black take SCCAL diving titles
Diving trials on tap at Johansen

Western Illinois signs Molly Carrignan

Diver Molly Carrignan from St. Charles, Ill., is a three-time sectional champion and a three-time state qualifier out of St. Charles East High School.

Tokay High's Erica Kwiatkowski won her third consecutive Sac-Joaquin South Subsection varsity girls diving title with a total score of 365.90 on

Lexington Catholic graduate Lyndsey Havens, a senior diver at South Carolina, finished 11th and earned All-America honors on the one-meter springboard at ...

May 4, 2007
Diver Saucier Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Steven Segerlin Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Texas Legislative Passes bill of Congregation
Congratulating J. J. Kinzbach of Montgomery High School for setting a new state one-meter diving record.

Arrests over hit-and-run killing

Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of an aspiring elite diver (Gavin Brown) who died after a hit-and-run collision in Southampton...He was due to compete for the first time in the World Cup High Diving Contest this summer.

Florida State Diving Announces Spring Signing of Adhams

Adham is a native of Orlando, Fla. and attends Dr. Phillips High School. She is a member of Team Orlando Diving and coached by Wendy and Jay Lerew. Adham was runner up at the 2007 FHSAA diving finals and a Two-Time High School All American. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, and an Academic All American.

Dan Mazzaferro Qualifies For Wold University Games
Spartans Make a Splash

While baseball and track remain among this season's most popular sports, few people ever consider spring's least-known high school sport — diving. Four high school divers met on Monday to compete in the one and only Rio Hondo League diving meet of the season, held at San Marino High School.

May 3, 2007
Randy Ableman Inducted into UM Sports Hall of Fame

Randy Ableman,Head diving coach at UM since 1989...named NCAA Coach of the Year nine times...had a steak of 11 straight years when at least one Hurricanes diver won an NCAA title.

Diver Neubacher signs with Tigers
Marleau, Despatie win events at Pan Am Games diving trials

"I call him a freak," said Phil Tonne, Ipsen's coach with the Diablo Divers, "but in a loving way......At 8, he became the youngest diver to make the finals on all three events -- 1-meter and 3-meter spring boards and the platform -- at junior nationals. By the time he was 10, Ipsen was a national champion.

Perez, divers to miss SEA Games?
PAC 7 Diving: Atascadero prevails for title again
Atascadero junior Elizabeth Foran wins her third straight league title with her closest competitor 50 points behind; Arroyo Grande senior Matt Morrison takes boys event

Smolczyk building a Diving legacy
Perhaps the major reason for Smolczyk's breakout year was the addition of diving coach Chris Hansman. It was the first season in which Smolczyk's coach returned to the program, which caused some "consistency" problems for the divers, Mahowald said.

May 2, 2007
Diving star Despatie has his eyes on Beijing

From the diving platform 10 metres above Montreal's Olympic Pool, Alexandre Despatie can see to Beijing. The 2008 Olympics in China are merely 15 months away, a heartbeat in a high-performance athlete's life, and beginning now, the pulse will quicken.

Olympic medalist's tribute to friend
SOUTHAMPTON'S Olympic medallist Peter Waterfield today paid tribute to his friend and colleague Gavin Brown.

Ex-Hawk right in the dive of things
Since leaving Iowa after graduation in the spring of 2006, the international diving circuit has been good to former Hawkeye Nancilea Underwood-Foster.

Goodman strong at East Championships
Moultrie Observer - Moultrie,GA,USA
Goodman, diving in the competitive 16-18 girls age group, was third on Saturday in the 1-meter springboard competition, scoring a 334.50. ...

Purdue's Swimming and diving teams honor the year's best
Miller, a native of Centreville, Va., left Purdue as a four-time All-American and varsity record holder on 1-meter with 340.20 points. Three of her All-America citations were earned at the 2007 NCAA's, where she was the only diver to reach the championship finals in all three events.

May 1, 2007
The University of Kansas announced National Letter of Erin Mertz
"We are super excited to have Erin joining the 2007-08 team," diving coach Eric Elliott said. "She has so much talent, she's competitive and she's a great kid all around. She has a great personality,

Brown's Pool Closed - New Facility a Possibility

British Diver Gavin Brown Passes Away 
Elizabeth to skip Canadian meet

PETALING JAYA: Doha Asian Games bronze medallist Elizabeth Jimie will skip the Canadian leg of the FINA World Diving Grand Prix in Montreal this weekend. 

New NAIA president wants to differentiate from NCAA

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