TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State diving standouts, Ariel Rittenhouse (2011-14) and Katrina Young (2010-15) will be competing at the 2016 U.S. Diving Olympic Team Trials at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., which run from June 18-26.
Young will be contesting in both 10-meter and 10-meter synchro, while Rittenhouse will compete in the 3-meter springboard.
Scores will accumulate over three lists as the top 18 will advance to semifinals and the top 12 will contend at finals. The winners of both women’s 10-meter synchro and 3-meter springboard will don the Red, White and Blue at the Olympic Games, while the top two in the women’s individual 10-meter will advance.
“This is it,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Katrina has been looking great in practice and she’s put in the body of work to earn a spot. The key for these meets is to be consistent through three lists. If she can do that, she’s going to like the result.”
Young was a three-time ACC champion and a two-time All-American during her career at FSU. She is the current school record holder on 1-meter (337.60) and platform (364.70).
“I’m feeling in my zone,” Young said. “John and I have prepared with mock competitions and I’m excited for the meet to begin.”
In her final outing before Trials, Young picked up silver in the 10-meter synchro event alongside Krysta Palmer at the 2016 U.S. Synchro Championships before winning gold in the mixed 10-meter synchro.
Young was a finalist at the 2012 Olympic Trials on 10-meter, where she placed 12th.
A 2008 Olympian, Rittenhouse will be looking for her second career berth at her third trials.
While at FSU, Rittenhouse was the 2013 ACC Champion on 3-meter, while earning two trips to the NCAA Championships. Following her collegiate career, Rittenhouse captured two national titles in 2014 in both 3-meter and 3-meter synchro, while earning the high point honor for the meet.
The Santa Cruz, Calif. native qualified for the 2015 FINA World Championships, however an injury forced her to withdraw.
“I am really excited for Olympic Trials,” Rittenhouse said. “After being injured, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to dive again. I am thrilled to be back in the pool as a contender in my event.”
Young will compete on Saturday in the 10-meter synchro event alongside Anna James of Purdue, who dove for Proctor at COM Aquatics prior to her collegiate career. The pair have entered the competition with the highest degree of difficulty (13.40), along with four other teams. Semifinals will follow at 8 p.m. with finals to take place on Wednesday at 9 p.m. on NBCSN.
“Diving synchro with Anna makes everything much better,” Young said. “She grew up being coach by John and it makes it very natural for us to pair up.”
Young will then compete in women’s 10-meter prelims on Monday, with semifinals following at 7 p.m. Finals will take place on Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.
Women’s 3-meter prelims will start on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 a.m. with semifinals following at 7 p.m. Finals will be held on Sunday, June 26 at 4:50 p.m. on NBC.
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