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Six AAU Nationals Divers
Two USAD Nationals Divers
AAU Nats Stats
Elle 17 1m 19th 287.00 3m 31st 278.15
Sadie 15 1m 10th 362.35 3m 16th 258.40
Lilly 14 1m 31st 176.90 3m 27th 165.90
Matt 14 1m 5th 242.80 3m 5th 254.00
The gang, with Coach Laura, looking good. Aubrie had already competed and galloped away when this pic was taken.
Aubrie - AAU 1m 3rd 221.75; 3m 5th 213.35
USAD 1m 18th 251.75
Eliza - AAU 1m 15th 244.40 3m 23rd 242.45
USAD 1m 29th 259.75
How cool are we?
Coach was disappointed by not finding a Davy Crockett/Daniel Boone hat until Eliza & fam returned to the Alamo and… voila !
Two USAD Jr Nationals Competitors
Six AAU Nationals Competitors
(Gaining National Team Recognition)
Won our first TEAM meet
Two finalists in FHSAA State Dive meet
(and a 1st-yr rising star for ‘23)
A plethora of new dives! Onward & Upward OZD
We will remember 2022 as a banner year for OZD; we will remember the ‘firsts’, the new dives, the crashes, the highs & lows, the friendships. and of course, we will always ‘Remember The ALamo!
TWO USADIVING NATIONALS QUALIFIERS
12-13 Girls 1 & 3 meter 14-15 Girls 1 meter
Aubrie Durham Eliza Hicks
Lilly Slingsby & Sadie Dempz make it to zones for first time!
Veteran 15 yr old Eliza puts in her best 1 meter performance at Zones!
OZD’S Taelynn Taylor -our one 11 year old Zone qualifier did awesome and gained valuable experience.
Just a few places out of qualifying for Nationals
OZD FINISHED A RESPECTABLE fourth overall in girls events against perennial powerhouses Moultrie-Coral Springs & Orlando.
With Matt's performances - our 'token' boy' :), we finished 6th overall!
TAELYNN - 6th place - 148.65 - First ever-Regionals - all new dives!
AUBRIE - 3rd place both boards 268.65 on 1 meter; 286.45 on 3 meter. High degree difficulty and power. have gained her the respect of the diving world
1 METER 3 METER
ELIZA - 5th - 289.55 6th 289.15
SADIE - 8TH - 279.50 8th 285.25
LILLY - 15TH - 226.45 14th 222.45
MATT - 9th - 258.75. 10th 257.80
16-18 GIRLS RESULTS
ELLE 10th 355.15 10th - 332.4
Such a gratifying meet in so many ways;
Everyone can be proud of what they did at this competitive USA Regional Meet.
While we weren't perfect on every dive, we showed more progress than flaws!!
In the most competitive 14 - 18 age group events, we did what we had to do. Matt, Elle, Eliza, Sadie, Lilly all competed at least one new dive - All new for Sadie-who showed tru grit getting back up from a hard 5134D smack on 3 meter! Our solo 12-13 Girl- Aubrie, garnered OZD the most points by performing her high DD dives with consistent progress by getting two 3rd places! Taelynn was unphased and looked very confident and gained valuable experience.
LILLY making ZONES on both board!!
SADIE too...and getting back up after a pretty hilarious smack. (she didn't think so at the time;)
ELIZA & SADIE & ELLE shaking in their boots about a stinking, 203B from 3 meter..., and then nailing their high dd twisters & making Zones on both boards!! Unusual nerves from all! AUBRIE worrying and then nailing her worrisome dives! Elles 105 on 1 meter; Eliza's 405 on 3 meter; Lilly's 5231 on both. boards. Matts 5124 & 5134D.Aubrie's 105B both boards! Sadie's twisters. Taelynn's inwards.
MATT smiling a lot :) Matt checking in with coach! :) Matt improved list and asking for harder dives. Taelynn smiling, learning & making new friends. Dinner with teammates. Olive Garden fun! Peaceful ride in to pool from Tifton! Team prayer- Irish Good Luck Stone!
Friday's lightning break-longest 16-18 judging event for coach, divers & parents! Coach bangs head on 3 meter stand. :) GREAT TEAM SUPPORT! Kinley brightening coach's spirits after long judging panels!~ Mothers Day! Roses!
Special joy for ALL of you making ZONES! ONWARD & UPWARD OZD!!!
CYA IN Coral Springs!
Great diving - Great Bonding - Great Team Support - Great Group Dinners -Great People & Great Memories
13 OZD DIVERS - Girls Dominate! Win big!
Nine AAU National qualifying performances
Nine 1sts; 8 2nds; 5 3rds; 1 4th; 1 6th
First Meet for Josie & Skylar (novices)
After two months of bad weather, Wellington was a good test to see how consistent we could be after so many cancelled practices! Generally, we dove strong enough for the girls to win their category-going away! And our one male-Matt - not only qualified for AAU Nats by score but got his two best scores to date! It was a small meet but we dominated nearly every age group we had divers entered! Total Team effort!
The weather improved and we practiced hard & began feeling the improvements & consistency returning. Two of our novices -Taelynn & Josie - learned more dives to dive JO.
In a meet where only top six divers make it, We qualified in every Jr. Olympic age group we entered. 💪🏻
AUBRIE snatches double gold in 12-13 JO.
LILLY competes her 5132D for first time.
SADIE - real ‘Newbie’ qualifies for East National on both boards-every dive is new to her ;)
ELLE & ELIZA / in the toughest age groups, qualify both boards! Now on quest to get big-girl dives by East Nationals!
MATT qualifies on both boards in 1st year in older age group.
OZD 10-11 age group divers TAELYNN-Double-gold) & *JOSIE showed their stuff & qualified in their first year diving!
Diving Novice & placing 2nd on 3 meter & 3rd on 1 meter, KINLEY proudly displayed why she is a future champion!
*After a re-injury Josie could not finish her event,
but according to AAU East Nats Organizers, she is eligibile to compete in her event because she started the events and there were less than six divers. 🍀Thus no divers were affected by her not finishing the event. Can you say grateful!?
Taelynn not only finished her events, she won both! Now both of you! Be grateful ! Carpe Diem!
11 East Nationals qualifying performances
Our 11 & Unders were entered in Future Champions events for this meet. FC has a variety of divers in each level: mostly new divers who may not have enough dives required to compete Jr. Olympic events. Our ‘Littles‘ fared well and brought home some hardware. We hope all learned what they need to compete at the JO level! Enjoy the pics! enjoy the memories!
1 METER: 3 METER:
Our OZD ‘Bigs’ dove fantastic against some other great divers!
14-15 AGE GROUP:
Eliza captured double Gold for her 1 & 3 meter performances; diving in her 1st big meet, Sadie finished 6th on 1 meter and a powerful 2nd in The 3 mtr FC7 event; Matt dove awesome finishing 5th on 1 & 3rd on 3!
in the 16-18 group, Elle lit up the audience again, with a 3rd on 1 mtr & 5th on 3 mtr;
12-13 AGE GROUP
Coming off an ankle injury, Aubrie captured double -silver in her events!
JACKIE & FIRST-TIMERS DANIKA, TAELYN, KINLEY & ELIANA PUT ON A SHOWI
ELLE WOWED EVERYONE WITH
HER TRIPLE TORNADO - TWO SILVER MEDAL PERFORMANCES
MATT CAPTURED TWO 2ND PLACES IN HIS FIRST MEET WITH OZD AND AS A 14-15 AGE GROUPER!
DOUBLE GOLD MEDALS FOR SOFA & ELIZA;
DOUBLE SILVERS FOR ELLE &
GOLD & BRONZE FOR JACKIE
DOUBLE BRONZE FOR LILLY & GRACE
SEA OF RED AS ELIZA CRUISES TO DOUBLE GOLD!
DANIKA SHOWS OFF HER 102B - LEADUP FOR TWISTER - DOUBLE BRONZE MEDALS
SOFA SQUARES OT OF 5231D ON 3 MTR ENROUTE TO ONE OF HER GOLDS!
FIRST-YEAR DIVERS - Memories of our ‘’Little’s’ & first-year divers Sophia, Jackie, Aubrie, Lilly & Maggie all shone brightly in their first-ever Nationals competition.
SOPHIA SAPIENZA 10 yr old - -’Sofa’ improved her back twister and put it all together to final on both boards. She took home hardware for two third places! 1 meter-125.00 3 meter-116.65
JACKIE UNGER - 9 & Under - basically learned all new dives to compete in this meet. She finaled on both boards! 1 meter-9th-69.35 3 meter-4th-68.00
AUBRIE DURHAM - 12 - placed 4th on 1 meter - 202.20 pts & 5th on 3 meter-221.25. Her amazing progress on harder degree of difficulty dives has put her in a great place for the future.
LILLY SLINGSBY- 13 - In the age group in which 3-4 year divers begin to blossom, 1st year diver Lilly not only held her own but did her newer dives, especially her double, with the confidence of a veteran diver! Nailing her double in a big meet made it all the sweeter! 🙏🏼⚡️
Our older divers held their own in the very competitive older age groups! 15 year old MAGGIE UNGER will remember competing her first 403C in her her first AAU Nationals. 16 year old ELLE JACOBSEN, receiving thunderous applause & cheers for her triple twister.., is now a legend in diving circles! And of course, a great memory by our star 🌟 OZD veteran (3 years) ELIZA HICKS-14: 3rd on 1 meter-280.65 & 7th on 3 meter-272.85.
In her final meet with Osprey ZAP, 18 yr old Trinity McNall, put in her most solid & consistent big-dive performance evaaah! ❤️In what is the most competitive age group, she was just edged out of finals on 1 meter by .05 of a point 😳hey, it happens! But in dramatic fashion Trin saved her best for last and captured 8th place on 3 meter! 👏🏼👏🏼 A most memorable performance of grit .., and the ability to have a short memory, overcome disappointment, and get on with the task at hand!
This was the last month of representing K2 Diving for young MATT PETTIT.
We have welcomed Matt off & on for a few months now.., and after USA Jrs he will be officially a ZAPPER! He had great performances on 1 meter placing 2nd, 3 meter placing 3rd & tower placing 7th! Yaaaay Matt! Welcome!
8 year old Jackie talking up the Competition and seeming unphased. 😊😳 Door Posters
Hazy Fireball WV Sunsets
OZD Table Workers
Backward & Reversed Approach & Hurdle
Finals March - Aubrie Tripped
Platform Dives & Synchro
Eliza looking relaxed😳
Lots of Smiles; Lots of cheers; Lots of pics
Lots of All Americans; lots of judging
Easy drive to pool; Long days
Lots of bad food in coaches hospitality
OZD divers doing better ( in most cases) than they did in practice
Emotional Swan Song for Trin 😎❤️⚡️
Trinity Not giving up
Elle, Eliza giving so much support to all
Team pics; New friends; Old Friends
OZD Rocks! We really rocked these AAU Nationals! Couldn’t have done it without you! Each & everyone one of you was important in making this one of the most memorable meets of all time! 👍🏻⚡️Each of you had your individual challenges and you met them head on! Your hard work at practice showed and I couldn’t be prouder! 🙏🏼😎🌟 Be proud of yourselves! We can all take a well deserved, bow! 😎👏🏼👏🏼
Onward & Upward - OZD Rocks!
Trinity McNall - Saves her Best for Last -
It was an emotional, storybook-ending for Trin’s OZD career. After barely missing 1 meter finals (.05 of a point) & in the most competitive age group at Nationals (16-18 Girls), Trinity put in her best 3 meter optional performance evah! What a show! Take a bow!
I'm sure, OZD'S FIRST-EVER USA Diving Zone Meet was a huge eye--opener for those who never attended one. These meets are definitely learning experiences.., and memory-makers!
First of all, a hearty congratulations to those who attended and represented OZD. Officially, we only had three divers, ELIZA, TRINITY & AUBRIE, and I will only address them in this report.
This ZONE B had the most divers & had the most competitive clubs in the nation. (not an excuse-fact;) With the huge diving factories from Florida, Georgia and Texas, we held our own.
Candidly, our three competitors did not have their best outings, but it was not because of lack of effort at the meet! We hope these meets inspire and motivate the competitive juices in all of you. Your coach has already gone thru and analyzed what he has to do to be better....and we expect the divers to do the same. The practice after a meet like this is very important for analyzing and sharing what we could have done better to perform better. New dives, new goals, new improvements are discussed and implemented. Please show up!
THURSDAY JULY 1 BETWEEN THE PRACTICES we will have a general team meeting. Please plan on attending.
How about a FEW FIRSTS & a FEW POSITIVES
ELIZA - FIRST ZONE MEET EVER - BOTH BOARDS!!!
AUBRIE - FIRST ZONE MEET EVER - BOTH BOARDS!!
TRINITY - FIRST 3 METER ZONE MEET EVER!
OZD - FIRST 3 DIVERS TO MAKE ZONES SINCE COACH MOVED TO FLORIDA!
In the "no excuses lane"
Fighting off knee pain TRINITY absolutely smoked her 205C!
Fighting off tired camp-legs, ELIZA competed her 5235 for the first-time ever in big-time competition.
Fighting off gymnastic-itis, AUBRIE tried pretty much all new dives and made it to ZONES in her 1st year!
Fighting off flu-like symptoms, Coach Jim survived 4 days..., and gratefully made it out to dinner with you guys!
As always, we appreciated all your support and are extremely proud of all our divers!
Your Coach reacquainted with a few old diving friends, learned about updates on college recruiting, and learned a lot about USA ZONE B. The last two benefit you!
What did you learn?
ONWARD & UPWARD
We also want to mention Brenna Short, Sadie Him, & Matthew Pettit who we welcomed into our fold for this meet (Matt will soon be officially diving with & for OZD). All held their own, especially Matt, showing his improvements and making USAD Nationals in two events! Congrats to all divers! "Nothing Great was ever achieved without hard work & enthusiasm!"
OZD's 1st AAU East Nationals Champion
9 & Under Grace Erickson - Port St Lucie.
Amazing Grace has. another year in her age bracket.
OZD's most experienced entry, 14-15 age group -Eliza, from Palm Bay, showed her consistency, cool, and great diving-lines to all judges & people in attendance.
Our 10-11 entry, Sophia-from Vero Beach, put on an impressive display of 1st year diving & greatly improved her back dive kick-outs on both boards!
Another 1st-year diver, Aubrie, is swiftly making a name for herself in diving circles.
With another year in 12-13 age group, she is a rising star!
Between them, Grace & Elle do not even have two years with OZD but their improvement are duly noted and both will be working new dives & consistency.
Matt Our Novices Jane & Kent represented OZD proudly and dove 'lights out'! While representing K2 Diving at meets - Matt has been training with OZD and will be on team in Sep. His gutsy tower diving & improving springboard was evident!
What a competition! ! What a great display of team! What fun! What a memorable experience!
What a.......great performance by all, especially our very first AAU East National Champion - 9 & Under Grace Erickson!!!
From a surprise birthday celebration for Coach; cake face-plants; diver pyramids...to the daring & fun-filled tower jumps & dives, it had to be one of the most memorable meets ever!
In a pretty big, popular venue, once again, you represented yourselves extremely well!
The parents as usual, were extremely helpful & super supportive. What a great group we have! They agreed to put on their suits and will go off 10 meter tower next time! :)
Very proud to present the following OZD report:
8 OZD divers & one K2 diver training with us - TAKE A BOW!!
PLACES (Including Novices) 19 EVENTS
Four 1sts; Two 3rds; Four 4ths; Two 5ths; One 6th;Two 8ths;
One 10th; One 12th; One 13th; One 21st
At these meets we always try to dive against ourselves. We try to see if we do at least as good as we do in a good practice. We did! And in this meet, I actually saw improvements in things we have been working on!
To name a few ;)
Sophia's back dive kick outs; Elle's reverses & backs; Aubrie's twisters & inwards; Grace P's overall 3 meter performance; Matt's twisters & tower; Jane & Kent's overall balance, control & meet demeanor; Eliza's uncanny consistency; and last but not least Amazing Grace's ability to perform under the lights! :)
With only a few missed dives (it happens-we are not perfect all the time;), our whole team can take a bow! We not only dove good, we all looked good! :)
Our work is not done! We will continue to work problem areas and say goodbye to bad habits. Try to be as patient as your coach :) The key word is TRY! You will succeed. you will improve and you will be smiling! Be as proud of your efforts as you are of your accomplishments! It's the journey! Let's keep enjoying it! Onward & Upward OZD! WE ROCK!
USAD ZONES HERE WE COME!
8 DIVERS - 6 USAD ZONE-QUALIFIERS
OZD QUALIFIED IN ALL AGE GROUPS
Coral Springs Aquatic Complex - April 30 - May 2 2021
16-18 - TRINITY & TYLER (1st -ever Regional)
14-15 - ELIZA (1st-ever Regional)
12-13 - LILLY & AUBRIE (1st-ever Regional) - MATTHEW (unofficial OZD Diver)
11 & Under - Sophia (1st-ever Regional)
A better script could not have been written for the last event for OZD at the 2021 USA Diving Region #3 Meet! With all our younger divers qualifying for the next big meet - USAD Zones - we were hoping , praying, & PEBBING that we would have a 16-18 diver qualify! 16-18 age groups are the toughest and most-competitive events. And a tough battle for the top 15 places was brewing!
Undaunted, 1st-time Tyler cruised confidently and consistently on 1 meter, showing his strength, poise and vastly improved mechanics…thus earning him a Zone trip! CONSISTENCY & MIND POWER - WTD
Trinity, seemingly down & out in rounds 7 & 8, channeled her ‘inner ‘Rocky’ and shredded her last two dives to earn her spot to Zones! DIVE AT A TIME - TENACITY - MENTAL TOUGHNESS - WTD
Elle & Grace held their own and did not disappoint! Improvements over the last few months for both were evident. They did not majorly miss anything and valiantly made every new dive. And not making excuses, but facing facts: For Elle, nearly everything is new on 3 meter…and Grace is basically a first-year diver going against older divers with sometimes 8-10 years of experience! We dive against ourselves. Job well done. EXPERIENCE - NO QUIT - IMPROVEMENT - WTD
14-15 (Qualified both boards)
Eliza - our only 14-15 entry - was outstanding qualifying both boards. Her 3 years of experience and progress was on full display! She put on a show and definitely showed how hard work at practice pays off! She is a ‘Steady Eddie’. CONSISTENCY - MENTAL TOUGHNESS - WTD
11 & Under - 12-13 (Qualified both boards)
Sophia - 11 & Under, learned so much in the last two months and was a super star! Her rise has been meteoric…and showed she compete pretty comfortably. On to Zones!
Lilly & Aubrie - our 12-13 divers- were like seasoned competitors - They did not show their anxiety in their dives! They performed steady….and I would say - they had fun!
Matthew - Showed unbelievable toughness after a hard smack on tower - got back up and rocked it!
Qualified in 3 events! LEARNING EXPERIENCE - NEW FRIENDS - BALANCED - WTD
Your coach thinks, Our “Guide me in Word, Thought & Deed’ method of helping our visualizing process, worked once again. All divers dove like they have in practice and in some cases, better! Our TEAM SUPPORT was exceptional by divers and parents alike…. This was a most fun experience for your coach and I think for all! GRATEFUL! No one will outwork us! Take a bow OZD!
This competition featured some big dives, a few firsts, and the ‘Guide me in word, thought & deed’ approach to challenging circumstances.
Great diving, great fun, great learning experience for all!
Please hit button for full report
This meet featured some of the best divers from all over the USA; from some of the best programs; it had former Olympians to current USA National Champions & finalists. You couldn’t help learn about yourself, your diving, how you compete, and the diving world in general! Be proud of yourselves & your team! With only five divers, (some teams with 20-30),
we ⚡️placed 19th out of 23 teams! Take a hearty, well deserved bow! 👏🏼👏🏼 Onward & Upward! ⚡️
In her first big USA Diving meet in the 14-15 age group, Eliza made the award stand finishing in 7th place with a score of 312.00 points. Matthew Pettit (K2)-who has been diving with us thruout had a great 3 meter debut, finishing 12th.
Cant say enough about OZD handled themselves in this, our 1st big time USA Diving competition. TRINITY shines In great 3 meter performance - 15th of 45 divers
ELIZA captures 14th in great 3 meter event.
GRACE dives to 29th in her first big time USA Diving 3 meter contest.
TYLER dives to 26th in his first big time USA Diving 1 meter contest
The final day of competition culminated With outstanding performances by everyone!
TYLER stuck his new big dives on 3 meter and showed his potential to the diving community!
Grace, Trinity & Elle rocked the 1 meter boards, displaying the consistency & cool progress on various dives: Elle -triple twister; Trinity 5225D & Grace 5124D. Matthew Pettit, who has been diving with us thruout, displayed lion-like courage on his 203C & made the podium in 7th place!