by Jessica Pollack – Originally posted on Huntington Beach Community News
HUNTINGTON BEACH…Brandon Loschiavo of Huntington Beach is the AAU Diving National Champion in his age group on the 3-meter Springboard for the second year in a row. In 2011, he won the 14-Year Old Boys 3-Meter Championship. This year, he stood on the winners’ podium in all three of his events adding gold in the 14-15 Year Old Boys Platform event and silver in the 1-Meter 15-Year Old Boys event to his second National’s title on the 3-Meter Springboard.
Loschiavo earned his best overall scores of the meet with his Back one-and-one-half Somersault with two-and-one-half Twists on 3-Meter for a total of 67.20 points. His highest base score overall was on a front one-and-one-half somersault off the 7.5-Meter Platform. He averaged 9 out of 10 points from all judges earning 40.5 total points for the dive.
In diving, the more difficult the trick, the higher the degree of difficulty (DD). While the front one-and-one-half somersault earned the highest judges scores, the total point value of that dive was less than some of his lower scoring, but higher DD dives like his twister on 3-Meter. That is why Loschiavo’s coaches at McCormick Divers stress excellence in the basic dives to build a solid foundation for high scores as the degree of difficulty increases.
Fellow McCormick Divers joined Loschiavo at the Championships in North Carolina. They include 10-Year-Old Girls’ 1-Meter and 3-Meter Springboard Champion Jenna Sonnenberg from Long Beach, Fountain Valley residents Erica Curry and Mary Sojian, and Lauren Skinner of Long Beach.
Loschiavo trains in Long Beach with McCormick Divers at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. The fact that he won a National Title during the Olympic Games and that he trains at a pool built for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Trials is not lost on Loschiavo. His eyes light up with a gleam of determination at the mention of Rio 2016!