Team USA Set for FINA World Cup in Shanghai
Olympic medalists David Boudia, Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory are among the 12 divers set to compete for Team USA at the FINA Diving World Cup, set for July 15-20 in Shanghai. The World Cup is the top international meet of the 2014 season and is the last major world competition before Olympic qualifying begins next summer.
Boudia will have a busy schedule as he’s slated to compete in three events. He’ll dive synchronized 10-meter with 18-year-old World Cup rookie Steele Johnson, and for the first time at a World Cup or World Championships, he’ll add individual 3-meter and synchronized 3-meter (with first-time World Cup team member Sam Dorman, who paired with Boudia for synchro wins at the 2013 USA Diving Winter Nationals and 2014 World Cup Synchro Trials) to his schedule. The only event Boudia won’t dive is his specialty, the individual 10-meter. He didn’t compete that event at winter nationals, where the individual World Cup spots were determined.
Returning for his first international competition since the London Olympic Games is McCrory, who won Olympic bronze in synchronized 10-meter with Boudia in 2012. He won’t be on the platforms in Shanghai though, as he’s shifted his focus to the springboard. He’ll compete on individual 3-meter for the first time in his senior international career; the last time he dove this event in an international meet was back in 2006, when he won silver at the Junior World Championships.
Johnston won the silver medal in synchronized 3-meter at the London 2012 Olympics, and that’s the event she’ll compete in Shanghai, albeit with a new partner. After missing the 2013 season due to shoulder surgery, Johnston returned to competition in April and won the World Cup synchro trials with Laura Ryan. The pair went on to win bronze together at a FINA Grand Prix meet in Mexico in May.
Ryan, the 2014 NCAA diver of the year after winning NCAA titles on 1-meter and 3-meter and finishing third at NCAAs on platform for the University of Georgia, will also compete individually on 3-meter at the World Cup. Joining her on that event will be Maren Taylor, who finished 11th on 3-meter at the 2013 FINA World Championships in her first international competition. She won the event at the 2013 USA Diving Winter National Championships and claimed 3-meter bronze at a FINA Grand Prix meet in Puerto Rico in May.
Two-time 10-meter national champion Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg will compete individually for the first time at a major senior-level world meet after competing in synchronized 10-meter at last year’s World Championships. Jessica Parratto will also dive 10-meter in her return to Shanghai, where she was 15th on 10-meter at the 2011 World Championships.
National team veteran Amy Cozad will pair with Katrina Young in synchronized 10-meter. Cozad has competed for Team USA at the 2013 World Championships, the 2012 World Cup and the 2011 Pan American Games and had previously won four national titles in synchronized events, but Young had never competed in a synchro event until the World Cup trials in April when she and Cozad paired together for the victory. The two went on to win silver at a FINA Grand Prix meet in Puerto Rico in May.
In addition to diving synchronized 10-meter with Boudia, Johnson will compete individually on 10-meter. He’s won the national title on the event at the last three national championships and won his first senior international medal after taking bronze on 10-meter at the FINA Grand Prix Canada Cup competition in May. Also diving 10-meter is 17-year-old David Dinsmore, who won bronze on platform at the 2012 Junior World Championships and made his senior national debut in 2013 by finishing second at the AT&T National Diving Championships.
Johnson and Bromberg will also take part in the “team” event, which features one male and one female diver from each country. Each diver must do three dives, with at least one apiece on 3-meter and 10-meter.
Universal Sports Network will provide television and online coverage at 8 p.m. each day from July 16-20.
Team USA Roster
David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) – 3-meter, synchronized 3-meter, synchronized 10-meter
Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg (Bexley, Ohio/Austin, Texas) – 10-meter, team event
Amy Cozad (Indianapolis, Ind./Tallahassee, Fla.) – synchronized 10-meter
David Dinsmore (New Albany, Ohio) – 10-meter
Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Coral Gables, Fla.) – synchronized 3-meter
Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) – 10-meter, synchronized 10-meter, team event
Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Bloomington, Ind.) – synchronized 3-meter
Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C./Bloomington, Ind.) – 3-meter
Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) – 10-meter
Laura Ryan (Elk River, Minn./Athens, Ga.) – 3-meter, synchronized 3-meter
Maren Taylor (Arlington, Va./Austin, Texas) – 3-meter
Katrina Young (Shoreline, Wash./Tallahassee, Fla.) – synchronized 10-meter
(From USA Diving Press Release)