MOULTRIE — Eight Moss Farms Diving Tigers qualified last weekend to perform in the USA Diving National Championships, including two who will have a large chance at bringing gold medals back to Moultrie.
Annabelle Brooks, Shannon Icard, Ruth Anne McCranie, Jet Geovanni, Bo Bridges, Carson Tyler, Nolan Lewis and Sky Geovanni all qualified for Nationals at the Zone B Championships held at Georgia Tech.
The 2019 USA Diving junior National Championships will be held July 30-Aug. 6 at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Moss Farms Diving coach John Fox was pleased that a strong contingent of his divers will move on to Nationals.
“I am really excited that we had eight that qualified for Nationals, especially considering how many we’ve graduated the last few years,” Fox said. “I think we are going to do pretty well at Nationals.”
Tyler turned in an outstanding performance at Georgia Tech, winning on platform and placing second to Max Miller on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.
Fox considers Miller, of the Woodlands Diving Academy in Texas, and Tyler among the top 16-18 divers in the country.
“He has a chance of doing some special things at Nationals,” Fox said of Tyler, adding that his best chances at gold medal are in the 3-meter and platform events.
Like Tyler, McCranie is a member of USA Diving’s High Performance Squad and she has had a chance to compete internationally in Germany recently.
She took the gold medal on the 3-meter board at Georgia Tech and was fourth on platform and sixth on 1-meter.
Most impressive about McCranie’s performance was that she is just 13 and is diving for the first time in the 14-15 age group.
“And she held her own,” Fox said. “But I thought she’d do pretty well.”
Brooks, who dives in the 11-and-under age group, will make her first Nationals appearance. She qualified on 1-meter.
Icard also will go to Nationals for the first time. Diving in the 12-13 age group, she will compete on both springboards.
Jet Geovanni will compete on all three boards at Nationals in the 12-13 age group.
Bridges, in his first year in the 14-15 age group, also qualified for Nationals on all three boards.
Nolan Lewis is in his first year in the 16-18 age group and qualified on all three boards.
Sky Geovanni, who will dive at Louisville next year, also qualified on all three boards in the 16-18 age group.
Also representing Moss Farms at the Zone B Championships were Kendall DeLoach, Jayden Bowman, Emma Bryan, Samuel Bryan, Jewelia Chambers, Timothy Fagan, Amelia Gregory, Beck Gregory, Trip Gregory, Tuck Gregory, Lyla Horne, Hunter Kebler, Judson Taylor and Abigale White.
The Zone competition drew 242 divers.
And Fox says the program is developing some other young divers, a number of which he will take to Riverside, Calif., for the AAU Nationals to be held July 15-22.
“We really are developing the program,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of kids knocking on the door. We’re excited about the next five or six years.”
But for now, Fox and assistant coach Elizabeth Ann Barber are helping get the Diving Tigers primed for the Nationals competitions.