Jan. 29, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.-- Dr. Rick Shavone and Stanford Diving will send a half dozen divers to the U.S. Winter National Championships starting with the preliminaries on February 1 in Columbus, Ohio.
Current divers, Meg Hostage (Potomac, MD), Carmen Stellar (Arcadia, CA) and Brent Eichenseer (New Albany, IN) will be joined by former collegiate national champion, Cassidy Krug, and incoming recruit Stephanie Phipps, from the Santa Clara Diving Club.
Once the main competition begins on February 4, the Cardinal divers, should they advance, will compete against eight Olympians, including: David Boudia, Kelci Bryant, Chris Colwill, Troy Dumais, Thomas Finchum, Haley Ishimatsu, Christina Loukas and Ariel Rittenhouse.
Eichenseer is already qualified in the three-meter, while Krug is prequalified in the synchro three-meter. Hostage and Phipps will be in the preliminary one and three-meters, Stellar in the three-meter and platform, Krug in the three-meter, and Eichenseer in the one-meter. Up to 24 divers move onto the competition from the preliminaries.
Eichenseer's best is 388.60 in the three-meter, while a score of 320.55 in the one-meter is his best on the lower level. Stellar has a best of a 319.05 in the three-meter, while Hostage's bests are 308.55 (one-meter) and 310.95 (three-meter). Hostage was an All-American in the one-meter and platform in 2008, while Stellar and Eichenseer were All-Americans in the platform last year.
Krug, one of Stanford's most decorated divers, was the NCAA Champion in the one and three-meter in 2007, and was a three-time Pac-10 Champion. Since college the seven-time All-American most recently has won one, and finished second twice more at the Synchro Selection Camp in 2009, and finished in the top-three six times with one win at the Olympic selection camp, also in 2009.
Phipps, who will join the team in the fall of 2010, was a CIF champion in the springboard last season, and has also won a zone championship in her age group in the three-meter and a regional championship in the one-meter.
An estimated 150 divers will compete in Columbus in the preliminaries from February 1 and 2 and during the championships from February 4 to 8. A varying degree of spots are available to qualify from the preliminaries: women's one-meter (24) and men's one-meter (21), women's three-meter (14) and men's three-meter (13) and men's (15) and women's (17) platform.
The top 18 divers in the three-meter and platform quarterfinals will advance to the semifinals (scores will not carry over). The top-12 from the semis will advance to the finals (those scores will carry over). The synchro events will be finals only. In one-meter, the top eight divers will advance to the finals (no semis, scores do not carry over).
From this event, USA Diving will choose the individuals for the three-meter and platform events, (synchro teams will be named in April) who will represent the U.S. at the FINA World Cup and the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix.