NEW ZEALAND DIVING
Six members of the New Zealand National team competed at the USA Diving Grand Prix in Mission Viejo on 11-14 April. This is the first major competition of the season, and the divers performed well with promising results. Steve Gladding, head coach of the NZ team was positive about the results and is looking forward to seeing what the team will achieve in the coming months, as they prepare for the World Championships to be held in Gwangju, Korea in July.
Day 1 of the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Mission Viejo saw three of New Zealand’s best female springboard divers hit the Womens 3m event in a field of 31 divers consisting of multiple Olympians, World Championships medalists and Commonwealth Games Champions.
From left to right: YuQian Goh, Liam Stone, Shaye Boddington, Nathan Brown, Lizzie Cui, Anton Down-Jenkins
From left to right: YuQian Goh, Shaye Boddington, Lizzie Cui
The highlight of this event was Rio 2016 Olympian Lizzie Cui finishing an impressive 9th in the preliminary round progressing to semifinals where she managed to finish in sixth position. Auckland Diving native Shaye Boddington also stayed consistent throughout the event, finishing a strong 18th place in the world-class field, less than 20 points off the semifinals. YuQian Goh also managed to finish the event in 27th place.
Day 1 also saw Nathan Brown tackle the Men’s 10m event, a field of 24 divers including World Cup medallists and World Series qualifiers. Nathan made a positive impression on the judges, highlighted by his 305b which scored 67.50 points, advancing him to a 20th place finish.
Day 2 of the US leg of the Grand Prix circuit was the Men’s turn to take to the 3m springboard in an incredible 41 diver event, consisting of an extensive list of Olympians, World Champions, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion of the 3m event.