COLUMBUS, Ohio – On a reunion weekend for Ohio State’s proud diving alumni, with 12 past Olympians and as many as 50 total divers expected to attend a Saturday dinner, the current corps of Ohio State divers is doing its best to keep the program’s rich history in the present.
Five Buckeyes, including juniors Katie Bell and Kristen Asman of Columbus, have advanced to the finals of the USA Diving World Cup Team Trials taking place at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Bell, who won a U.S. national championship in August on the 10-meter platform, qualified second in her specialty and will compete along with Asman in the 10-meter finals Saturday. The event will begin shortly after the men’s 3-meter springboard finals, which begin at 11 a.m. and include Ohio State senior Ryan Jefferson from Madison, Wisc.
Sunday’s action at McCorkle – tickets are available at door of the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – will include Ohio State senior Wes Wieser, from Chesterfield, Mo., competing in the men’s 10-meter platform finals. Preceding the 10-meter finals will be the women’s 3-meter finals, which includes Ohio State sophomore Bianca Alvarez, from Miami, Fla.
“It’s been a good meet…so far,” Ohio State coach Vince Panzano said after the competition concluded Friday.
Twelve of the United States’ best divers are competing in 10 events for positions on the U.S. World Cup Team that will compete June 2-6 in Changzhou, China. The top two divers in each event make the World Cup Team and the top four qualify for the U.S. Grand Prix Team.
A diving alumni dinner and reception at the Varsity “O” Room at Ohio Stadium will take place Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Panzano, in his 32nd year as coach, and Ron O’Brien, the legendary former Ohio State and eight-time Olympic coach who the diving well at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is named for, will be among the speakers at the dinner.
For more information on the reunion, please contact Kristen Calo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Quinlivan at Jim.Quinlivan@usadiving.org.