YMCA Greenwich Marlins Divers Compete at Zones, Advance to Nationals

Avery Giese, Veronica Fyfe, Katie Laverty, Madeline Duff, Grace Wu, Elizabeth Scarff. Contributed photo

Last weekend 11 Marlins divers competed in the Zone A Championships at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and one diver competed in the Zone B Championships in Ft. Lauderdale.

Seven divers from the YMCA Marlins Diving Team will be diving in the 2018 USA Diving Junior National Championships later this month. USA Diving uses twelve Regional Championships and six Zone Championships to qualify junior divers to Nationals. Georgia Tech will host the Junior National Championships from July 27-August 4 in Atlanta.

In the Girls 11 & Under events, Grayson Ford (Greenwich) finished tenth on 1-meter and ninth on 3-meter, qualifying her for the Preliminaries in both springboard events at Nationals.

In the Girls 12-13 events, Avery Giese (Stamford) finished fifth on 1-meter, fifth on 3-meter and second on Platform, qualifying her for the Preliminaries on the springboards and the Semifinals on Platform at Nationals. Veronica Fyfe (Hillsdale, NJ) finished eleventh on 1-meter and eighth on 3-meter, qualifying her for the Preliminaries on both springboards at Nationals. Grace Wu (Greenwich) finished twelfth on 1-meter and ninth on 3-meter, qualifying her for the 3-meter Preliminary round at Nationals. Elizabeth Scharff (Greenwich) finished 14th on both 1-meter and 3-meter, and Madeline Duff (Greenwich) finished 27 th on 1-meter and 29th on 3-meter.

In the Boys 12-13 events, Jacob Winston (Greenwich) finished 22nd on 1-meter and 18th on 3-meter.

Devon Ott and Annie Bingle. Contributed photo.

Devon Ott and Annie Bingle. Contributed photo.

In the Girls 14-15 events, Annie Bingle (Riverside) finished seventh on 1-meter, fourth on 3-meter, and fifth on Platform, qualifying her for the Preliminaries at Nationals on all three boards. Devon Ott (Rye, NY) finished 13th on 1-meter, 15th on 3-meter, and sixth on Platform, qualifying her for Platform Preliminaries at Nationals.

Three Marlins divers competed in the Girls 16-18 events. Hannah Craley (Redding) finished 13th in the Girls 16-18 1-meter event in the Zone B Championships, qualifying her for the 1-meter Preliminaries at Nationals. In the Zone A Championships, Katie Laverty (Rye, NY) finished 23 rd on 3-meter and 18th on Platform, and Chloe Best (New Rochelle, NY) finished 14th on 3-meter.
The Zone Championships were the last stop on the road to the USA Diving National Championships.

In April 31, divers from the Marlins competed in the USA Diving Region 1 Championships in Buffalo, NY. The Marlins were again the USA Diving Region 1 Women’s Championship Team, and they were the 2018 Region 1 second place team overall.

The athletes have returned to the Greenwich YMCA for the month of July and are training hard.

For the divers who did not advance to USA Diving Nationals, many will be competing at the Amateur Athletic Union’s 2018 Diving National Championship, July 20-27 in San Antonio, TX.