So if you didn't know, the FINA Junior World Championships are taking place right now in Adelaide, Australia. If you remember, the last junior world championships were held in Tucson, Ariz. and the U.S. did quite well winning nine medals, including three golds.
One of those gold medals came from Kristian Ipsen, a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics.
No medals on the first day in Australia, but Bryce Klein did finish sixth in the Group A (16-18) 3-meter final. His teammate Jack Nyquist also made the final finishing in ninth. Klein finished seventh in this event two years ago in the 14-15 age group.
The event was won by Jack Laugher of Great Britain who won the 14-15 3-meter title at the 2010 Junior Worlds, and most recently qualified and competed for Britain at the London Olympics.
In the other event that was contested on the first day, Camryn Hidalgo made the finals in the Group B (14-15) 1-meter final finishing 12th. The other U.S. diver Eszter Pryor finished 15th in the prelims and did not advance.
The 2012 Junior Worlds may be a bit anti-climatic after this summer's Olympic Games, but it is also an important event as many up and coming international divers will be showcased. And there is a good chance that they will be replacing those who have, and will retire before the Olympic in Rio in 2016.
Also of note, Adelaide is 12+ hours ahead of EST. So Day 2 is set to begin as Day 1 is reported!
Photo: Mike Martens