SASI divers aim high at open nationals

16 May 2018

FINETUNING and staying injury free will be the schedule for SASI's diving stars as they prepare for the Australian Open Championship at the Sleeman Sports Complex, Brisbane, between May 22 and 27.

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L-R: Macie Wheeler, Ross Todd, Kate Rosman, Brodie Scapens

The event is a selection trial for the FINA World Cup in Wuhan, China, from June 1-10

Six athletes, Matthew Carter, Brodie Scapens, Ross Todd, Lily Foster, Kate Rosman and the youngest of the group, Macie Wheeler, will line up for SASI.

Matthew, a bronze medallist at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, has had a hectic post-Games program schedule with competition last week at the FINA Grand Prix in Calgary where he finished seventh with Domonic Bedggood in the men's 3m synchro.

At next week's nationals Matthew will compete in the men's 1m and 3m and 3m synchro, while Macie and Kate will take part in the women's 1m and 3m springboard.

Brodie and Ross will line up in the men's individual platform and synchro, while Lily is expected to test herself in the open platform.

Ross returns to Australia for the event and is currently in the University of Michigan diving program.

For rising star Macie the nationals will be a taste of tough competition and hopefully a development pathway for her.

"I am very excited to compete at my first open nationals as I will be diving alongside Olympic and Commonwealth Games divers who I have looked up to for many years,'' Macie said.

''My goal will be to dive my best and obtain a PB on both boards.

''I am looking forward to the experience of diving with the best divers in Australia and being one of the youngest I feel very grateful for this opportunity.''

Macie is a Year 7 student at Cornerstone College in Mount Barker and spends many hours a day (courtesy of mum Belinda) travelling to and from the pool for training.

''I miss two lessons a day but stay very organised to make sure I keep up,'' she said.

''I don't get much spare time but when I do I love the beach and paddleboarding and at home I love cooking.''

SASI diving coach Aurelie Gibson said the team looked to be in good shape.

''We are just polishing and tweaking a few things before heading to competition,'' Gibson said.

''I think we can do well and will be expecting solid performances. They (team) definitely want to make that World Cup team.''

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