Blue Wave Girls Finish 3rd at AAU National Championships

The summer of 2014 was a very exciting time for Blue Wave Diving. Our team was in full stride and we were successful at every event we attended. Seven of our divers qualified for the USA Diving Zone A Championships and 2 of our divers qualified for USA Diving National JO events. Very exciting stuff for such a small and young team. Twelve Blue Wave team members traveled to Atlanta, Georgia in August to attend the AAU National Championships being held at Georgia Tech - the site of the 1996 Olympic Games. We had no expectations, we were just going for the experience and fun of a national competition. As Michelle and I watched everyone warming up, we could tell that all of our athletes were in a very special place. They all appeared to be very relaxed, they were at peak performance, diving beautifully and most importantly they were having fun! When competition began we were absolutely blown away by the performances of our athletes. We had 10 individual finalists including 2 silver medal performances and 1 bronze medal performance. Even more impressive, was our synchronized diving teams. We had 8 synchro teams finish in the top 8 including 2 national championship performances and 1 bronze medal performance. Towards the end of the championships we were packing things up and saying our goodbyes to all of our new friends. I was saying goodbye to the Meet Director when he told me not to go far because we may be receiving a team award. When we were presented with the AAU National Championship banner for our girls team placing 3rd over all, it was the most exciting moment for Blue Wave Diving! Our tiny lesson program of 40 total members competed against teams with two to three times as many members, yet our girls team walked away 3rd in the nation and our team overall finished 7th out of 65 teams. The 2014 AAU Natoinal Championships was our greatest accomplishment!

2014 AAU All Americans

Ali House
Group B Girls (15) Platform 2nd
Group B Girls (15) 1M 6th
Group B Girls (15) 3M 2nd

Sarah Mohnkern
Group B Girls (15) 1M 9th
Group B Girls (15) 3M 11th

Serica Hallstead
Group A Girls (16) 1M 10th
Group A Girls (16) 3M 8th

Shane Gilman
Group A Boys (16) 3M 7th

Danielle Neu
Group A+ Girls 1M 7th
Group A+ Girls 3M3rd


2014 AAU Syncho Finalists

Sarah Mohnkern & Colette Anikwue
14/15 Girls 1M Synchro Champions
14/15 Girls 3M Synchro 6th

Sarah Mohnkern & Ali House
14/15 Girls 3M Synchro 5th

Sarah Mohnkern & Katie Applin
16-19+ Girls 1M Synchro 6th

Serica Hallstead & Ali House
16-19+ Girls 1M Synchro Champions
16-19+ Girls 3M Synchro 3rd

Noah Barnard & Shane Gilman
16-19+ Boys 1M 5th
16-19+ Boys 3M 7th