COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s men and women divers completed action at the 2010 USA Diving Winter Nationals and World Cup Team Trials Sunday with five Top 10 finishes including a third-place effort by junior Katy Bell of Columbus. The competition was held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Bell just missed qualifying for the U.S. World Cup Team that will compete June 2-6 in Changzhou, China…by 6.5 points. She was third on the 10-meter platform with 670.35 points and, by virtue of a top four finish, qualifies for the U.S. Grand Prix Team that will compete May 6-9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., against divers from 20 nations.
“I could have done better,” Bell said after her competition. “But I’m really happy for Amy Korthauer, who finished second [behind 2008 Olympian Haley Ishimatsu]. She was on all day.”
Bell was one of three Ohio State women divers who made a final at the meet. Sophomore Bianca Alvarez was seventh on the 3-meter springboard with 631.65 points, and junior Kristen Asman was ninth on the 10-meter with 529.55 points.
Two Buckeye seniors on coach Vince Panzano’s men’s team also performed admirably in one of their final USA Diving national meets. Wes Wieser placed fifth on the 10-meter platform with 887.80 points. Ryan Jefferson was ninth on the 3-meter springboard with 815.19 points.
Both Wieser and Jefferson have two huge meets upcoming before their Buckeye careers come to a close. The duo will dive at the Big Ten championships Feb. 24-27 and the NCAA championships March 25-27. Both events will be held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Both divers have indicated they will end competitive diving after the season and continue to pursue their academic pursuits. Jefferson is an exercise science/pre-med major who will graduate in Spring 2011. Then it’s on to medical school.
Wieser will graduate in June with his degree in computer sciences and engineering. Then it’s off to graduate school, either at Ohio State or possibly even Georgia Tech.