It was about 10 years ago, give or take a day or two, that an 8-year-old Kristian Ipsen sought out one of the United States' best divers in 21-year-old Troy Dumais for an autograph.
Ipsen has become a lot more than Dumais' top fan. The Stanford freshman has become his diving partner in the synchronized competitions.
Ipsen and Dumais recorded the top score (405.78) in the preliminaries of the men's 3-meter synchronized diving event Tuesday at the USA National Championships being held at UCLA. They will be favored to win the title when the finals are held Sunday.
Dumais is familiar name around Stanford. Troy dove for Texas and younger brother Dwight competed for the Cardinal. Dwight and Justin Dumais also qualified for the finals in the same event. The Dumais' recorded a 364.98 for third place in the prelims.
Dumais will also compete in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Ipsen will compete in the 3-meter.
Stanford grad Cassidy Krug, with teammate Kassidy Cook, placed second in the women's 3-meter synchronized event with a score of 281.04. Krug finished third at the 3-meter synchro world championship trials.
Krug and Cook will compete in the finals on Saturday.
Menlo College coach Marcie Van Dusen and her team are hosting a Lady Oaks Clinic for wrestlers at Pittsbugh High on Saturday beginning at 10 am.
Cost is $15 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palo Alto High's Brandon Nguyen received honorable mention from the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Art Rosenbaum High School Writing Scholarship program. The awards were announced before Tuesday night's Giants-Pirates' game.