It was little bit of the old, coupled with the new at the AT&T National Championships last week. The old, not neccessarily due to age, was Troy Dumais who fresh off his bronze medal performance at the London Olympics, won his 36th national title on 3-meter. His victory gives him 11 national titles in the outdoor, or summer national championships, surpassing Greg Louganis!
Keeping it in the family, Justin Dumais and Dwight Dumais won the men's synchronized springboard title. That means that in 11 of the past 13 years, a Dumais brother has been on the winning 3M synchro team at summer nationals. Granted, most of those have been Troy, but let's not split hairs here.
Each of other nine titles were won by first-time winners, kind of. Laura Ryan was already a national champion in 10M synchro, but her title in 3M synchro was her first and the first synchro championship for Meaghan Houston. Houston won her first senior individual title on 1M in the first event of the championships. Gracia Leydon-Mahoney also won her first senior title when she captured the 3M event.
18 year-old Jessica Parratto was a double winner when she won her first senior title platform and then followed it up with a win in 10M synchro with another teenager, 16 year-old Anna James. Parratto has been a busy girl, having won platform in the 16-18 age group at junior nationals the prior week.
Johnson and Parratto did the junior-senior double, winning platform at both junior and senior nationals in successive weeks. Both divers train at the USA Diving National Training Center in Indianapolis under John Wingfield.
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