COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four Ohio State men’s divers have been named to the USA Diving 2020 High Performance Squad. The High Performance Squad consists of three tiers, with the third tier being divided into a Junior and Senior tier, which athletes have qualified for based on scores at designated competitions through the previous year. Lyle Yost (Fr.), Joey Canova (Jr.), Jacob Fielding (So.) and Jacob Siler (Jr.) have all been named to the Senior Tier of the third tier.
USA Diving announced the 91 athletes who have qualified to be part of the High Performance Squad, which is a program built to help USA Diving’s athletes achieve their best and to create a clear path for developing athletes who aspire to have international and Olympic success. USA Diving will offer each selected athlete support based on their level of accomplishment.
Last week the Ohio State men’s swim and dive program took second at the 2020 Big Ten Championships, their best finish since the Buckeyes tied for second with Michigan in 2017. The Ohio State divers made their mark on the Championships and help the Bucks secure second with 11 Top-10 finishes, all of which were by the four named to the High Performance Squad.
Freshman Lyle Yost was named the co-diver of the meet after claiming the Big Ten title on the platform (451.00) and placing second on the 1-meter springboard (377.75) and third on the 3-meter board (400.40). On the final day of competition, the divers combined for a total 107 team points to help Ohio State clinch second place over Indiana. The Buckeyes went 4-5-6 after Yost’s top finish on the platform with Siler (416.95), Canova (387.05) and Fielding (375.80) following, respectively. On the 1-meter board, Fielding (342.95) and Siler (335.95) went 5-6, respectively while Canova (326.80) rounded out the Top 10. Finally on the 3-meter springboard, Canova placed fourth (387.20) with Fielding in fifth (357.70) while Siler finished in the 11th spot (333.35).
Up next, the Buckeyes hope to improve on their performances at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Lexington, Ky. Thursday, March 12-14.