Stanford divers are headed to the national championships


Six past, present and future Stanford divers are headed to the AT&T U.S. Diving National Championships, starting on August 9 at UCLA. This will be the largest number of entrants ever for the diving program under head coach Dr. Rick Schavone.

Four men will compete, including incoming freshman Kristian Ipsen. He finished fourth at the FINA World Championships in the synchronized three-meter last month.

Ipsen also will dive in the three-meter individual event. Graduate Dwight Dumais will dive in the synchronized three-meter and on the one- and three-meter board. Pac-10 Freshman Diver of the Year Dhruv Tyagi will dive in the three-meter, as will classmate Noah Garcia.

On the women's side, alumnae Cassidy Krug will dive in the synchronized three-meter, and three-meter individual throughout the seven-day event, while Pac-10 Freshman Diver of the Year Stephanie Phipps will dive in the three-meter.

Dumais, Krug and Ipsen have all competed previously at the senior championships.

Ipsen was also a part of the top trial team in the three-meter synchro prior to Worlds, and won the winter national championships in the three-meter synchro and was second in the three-meter. He was the junior national champion in the one-meter. At the 2010 national championships, he won the three-meter synchro and was second in the three-meter.

The 25-year old Dumais, one of three diving brothers, reached the championships after winning the zone one-meter and three-meter synchro. In 2010, the former All-American placed sixth in the one-meter and ninth in the three-meter at the national championships.

Tyagi finished as high as seventh in the three-meter at the NCAA Zones after finishing fifth in the one-meter, sixth in the platform and eighth in the three-meter at Pac-10s. Garcia finished as high as 10th in the one-meter at Zones and was high as seventh in the platform at Pac-10s. This will be the first national senior championship for both soon-to-be sophomores.

The 26-year old Krug, most recently finished third at the three-meter synchro world championship trials and was third in the three-meter. At the 2010 National Championships, she won the three-meter and took home the national title in the three-meter synchro. She also took part in the 2008 Olympic trials, finishing in the top-five in all four three-meter and synro three-meter finals.

Phipps was an All-American this past season in the three-meter, finishing 16th. She was third at Zones in the three-meter and after the top prelim score at Pac-10s in the three-meter, finished fourth. At the 2010 Nationals, she reached the semifinals of the three-meters.

Incoming freshman Conor Kuremsky from Pittsburgh, Pa., just missed the final cut for nationals by one spot. Former All-American Meg Hostage also qualified, but is not expected to compete.

— Niall Adler/Stanford Sports Information

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