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Making a splash: UA hopes to host 2016 Olympic diving trials

2013-09-23T00:00:00Z 2013-09-23T20:21:18Z Making a splash: UA hopes to host 2016 Olympic diving trials Arizona Daily Star
September 23, 2013 12:00 am
  • One of Tucson’s top athletes, national championship junior diver Delaney Schnell, a freshman at Tucson High, will compete Thursday afternoon in the Junior Pan Am championships at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. It is an important week for Tucson’s sports future; the UA and the Tucson Diving Club are among six finalists to play host to the 2016 Olympic diving trials. If Tucson survives its competition from diving facilities in Minneapolis; Atlanta; Indianapolis; Riverside, Calif.; and Greensboro, N.C.; it would expect to get about 7,500 hotel nights during the Olympic trials in late June 2016. The heat is a negative in Tucson’s bid and so is the lack of locker room space at Hillenbrand. But the diving center at the school is superb, among the best of its kind anywhere. About 11,000 people attended the 2012 trials, in Federal Way, Wash. NBC will televise about 10 hours of the competition.
  • Pima College’s resounding football victory over NJCAA power Snow College last week highlighted the school’s lack of resources. It doesn’t even have a football statistician. Coach Pat Nugent goes through the video, play by play, a day after the game, figuring out the statistics. “When we play in Phoenix, my friend Bob Bensinger (a former UA athletic department employee, now on the Diamondbacks’ ground crew), does the stats,” said Nugent.
  • Pima won’t be able to play at its “home field,” Kino Stadium, on Saturday because the county has scheduled a beer festival there. It will play Glendale College at Tucson High instead.
  • Utah coach Bill Kinneberg, a former UA pitcher and assistant coach, has offered recruiting visits to a pair of Cienega High School seniors, lefty pitcher Jake Repavich and outfielder Andre Jackson. Repavich stood out in a recent 520 showcase in Albuquerque. He was 7-3 with 70 strikeouts in 66 innings at Cienega last season. Jackson, a rangy outfielder, hit .409 for the Bobcats.

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