Press Release from Christiansburg Aquatic Center:
Christiansburg Aquatic Center Hosts 2014 NCAA Zone A Diving Championship
(Christiansburg, Virginia) – The Christiansburg Aquatic Center will host the 2014 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships March 10 – 12, 2014.
This meet is one of the five qualifying meets for the NCAA Diving Championship. Admission to the competition is free.
Due to the championship the diving boards will be closed to the public from Saturday, March 8 through Wednesday, March 12.
The competition pool, leisure and therapy pools will remain open to the public during competition.
For more information, please call (540) 381-7665.
Since I have never been involved in diving except to personally invite select scallops to join me for dinner, I wanted to know a bit more about what all the excitement was about. Wow! What a learning experience that was!
One of the more informative pieces that I read can be found at diving.isport.com “History of Diving.” I found the section on Olympic Diving Controversy very interesting. Did you know that diving joined the Olympics in 1904 and that only Americans and Germans competed. A huge controversy arouse after the win by American George Sheldon. The controversy surrounded how the two diving groups perceived diving should be scored. The Germans were all about form and degrees of difficulty, even when they involved a belly flop at the end of the dive. Americans took an approach that included entry into the water as part of the dive. Since it was a new sport for the Olympics, one should expect some controversy, but it was interesting to learn about the difference in perspectives and how that affected what the divers thought their scores should be.
Since, it is Women’s History Month, I would be remiss if I did not note that it was in 1912 that women entered the Olympic Diving competition, but they were not allowed to do twists or somersaults, and could only dive from platforms. In 1920, women were allowed to use the springboard. Finally, in 1928 women were allowed to compete in “fancy dives”
Here are a couple of additional sources for information on the history of diving. Suffice it to say, I now have a much greater understand and respect for the sport simply by learning how it evolved.