SASI divers aim to leave mark at Australian Open

31 May 2019

A TICKET to diving's FINA World Championship in Gwangju, South Korea, awaits SASI athletes who excel at the coming Australian Open Championship at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre between June 5 and 9.

Competition for places on the Australian team is expected to be fierce but the SASI line up could have the advantage of training at the venue where the national titles will be held.

The titles are a selection process for the World Championship in Gwangju, South Korea, between July 12 and 28. It also is a stepping stone for some athletes aiming to make the national team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The SASI line up for the Open Championships will be Matthew Carter, Brodie Scapens, Lily Foster, Nikita Hains, Katie Rosman, Macie Wheeler and Ross Todd.

National coach Rick Schavone, who oversees SASI's top-end diving group, said coaches and athletes were looking forward to testing themselves in a tough environment.

"I am really pleased with the way they have trained in the lead up,'' Schavone said.

"But it's a bit like the Crows and Port Adelaide - nobody knows what will happen until the day.

"Brodie and Ross I am told have been training really well and are capable of making the (National) team, while Kate is diving close to her best.

"Matty (Carter) didn't have the best World Cups recently but he is still good enough to make it, while Lily and Nikki are diving really, really well and could be middle of the pack.

"Macie (Wheeler) is doing so well but her focus is more on the Australian junior championship in Brisbane between June 27 and 30.

Macie, 14, was a member of the Australian junior team which competed at the International Youth Diving meet in Dresden, Germany, in late April and then in  Bergen, Norway, in May where she won gold in the Girls B platform and silver in the Girls B 1m.

Scapens, who has taken up a four-year scholarship in Miami but is still part of the SASI/national program, is expected to compete in other major International events after the Nationals.

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