Many of these divers may not be household names, but in four years, you can bet that a few will be. Oh wait, a few already are!
With names like Tom Daley, Brittany Broben and Jack Laugher competing at the championships in Adelaide, Australia, the competition may be as tough as the Olympic Games, and also may be a preview of what will happen in Rio in 2016.
Opening Day of the 2012 Junior World Championships
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. 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. Read More.
Day 2 RecapDay 2 at the junior worlds did not produce any medals for the U.S., but the team did pick up two top-six finishes. In the Group A (16-18) 1-meter final, Gracia Leydon-Mahoney finished fifth. In the Group B (14-15) girl's platform Delaney Schnell finished sixth with teammate Ezster Pryor just missing finals in 13th. The final event of the day was the Group A/B synchronized springboard where Steele Johnson and Jack Nyquist appeared to struggle a bit, finishing in ninth. Read More.
Third Day is a "Golden" Charm for Leydon-Mahoney
Day 3 of the 2012 FINA Junior World Diving Championships proved to be a charm for the U.S. team as they won their first medal of the championships, and it was a gold! Gracia Leydon-Mahoney finished 2.7 points ahead of China's Zheng Qulin to grab a victory on 3-meter springboard and win the first junior worlds medal of her career.
What is really amazing is how this actually happened. Leydon-Mahoney qualified for the finals in eighth, over 40 points behind Zheng Qulin. And when began finals she was in 11th place because of the fact that the voluntaries carried over. So she began the contest in a hole - 16 points behind. Read More
U.S. is Bronzed on Day 4After winning one medal on day 3, the U.S. team decided to go one better winning two medals to bring their total to three as Michael Hixon and David Dinsmore both grabbed bronze medals. Hixon won a bronze on 1-meter in Group A, while Dinsmore's hardware came on platform in Group B. The synchro team of Ezster Pryor and Samantha Bromberg finished eighth in their final event. Read More
Four Finalists for the U.S, China Sweeps on Day 5Four U.S. divers made finals on the penultimate day the 2012 FINA Junior World Diving Championships in Adelaide, Australia. Samantha Bromberg and Jessica Parratto were seventh and eighthin the girl's Group A platform, while Grayson Campbell and Christopher Law finished sixth and 12th respectively in boy's Group B 3-meter. Both events were swept by China as they finished 1-2. Read More
U.S. Concludes Junior Worlds with Two Finalists
The U.S. team concluded the 2012 FINA Junior World Diving Championships with a bit of a whimper in the girl's 14-15 3-meter, but did put two divers into the finals in boy's 16-18 platform in the final event of the championships. Overall the team finished with 3 medals and 18 divers in finals. Not quite what happened in 2010, but still a good showing. Read More