McCormick Divers Win 4 AAU National Titles

by Jessica Pollack – As originally posted on

McCormick AAU National Team (L to R) Back Row: Brandon L. Lauren S. Erica C. Coach Charly Collins. Front Row: Mary S. and Jenna S.

Brandon Loschiavo and Jenna Sonnenberg dominated their age groups at the 2012 AAU Diving National Champions in Huntersville, North Carolina.  Ten-year old Sonnenberg won gold in the 10-Year-Old Girls Events on both 1-Meter and 3-Meter Springboard. Fifteen-year-old Loschiavo won gold in the 15-Year Old Boys 3-meter Springboard and the 14-15 Year Old Boys Platform event and silver in the 1-Meter 15-Year Old Boys event.

Long Beach resident, Sonnenberg, earned her highest score of the meet on an Inward one-and-one-half somersault in tuck position on the 1-Meter Springboard.  Her total score of 50.60 points is at a level of divers in much higher age groups. Continue reading

Loschiavo Shines At AAU Nationals

by Jessica Pollack – Originally posted on Huntington Beach Community News

Brandon Loschiavo of McCormick Divers with the hardware from AAU Nationals.

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.

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Sonnenberg Wins Springboard Title at AAU Nationals

Jenna at the ready for her dive.

by Jessica Pollack – Originally posted on

London isn’t the only place for divers to go for the gold.  McCormick diver Jenna Sonnenberg is the AAU Diving 10-year-old Girls’ National Champion in the 3-meter Springboard Competition this week in North Carolina at the 2012 AAU National Championships.

Sonnenberg earned her best scores on her back dive in pike position with 21 points before adding the degree of difficulty of 1.8.  Her most difficult dive (a front two-and-one-half somersaults in tuck position) earned her 42.90 points after adding the 2.2 degree of difficulty.  She easily surpassed the competition with 47.10 points between her and the second place finisher.

Debby McCormick, McCormick Divers owner, is especially proud of Sonnenberg’s accomplishment since she just Continue reading

Adam Payne Awarded Lee Brennan Scholarship

By Jessica Pollack

Los Alamitos resident, Adam Payne received the Lee Brennan Scholarship awarded to outstanding Southern California divers. The funds will be added to his existing scholarship and grants when he attends USC in the fall. He will study communications and film and is a member of the Trojan dive team.

Lee Brennan was a top student athlete from Aliso Viejo excelling in diving as well as football and wrestling, and track. He died in a car accident on his way to Arizona State University where he was to be a member of their diving team. His dynamic spirit lives on through the good works of his parents Leo and Bev Brennan who sponsor scholarships in Lee’s name.

Payne was awarded the scholarship based on his ability to maintain excellent grades and compete as a top Varsity athlete while in the middle of family challenges. Payne has set every new record for the Los Al Boys dive team including highest score for a Los Al male diver at Sunset League competition, highest score and place at CIF competition, three-time Sunset League Boys Team Champion and 2012 Sunset League Champion.

Payne started diving with McCormick Divers at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach when he was 6 years old. He has participated in the Lee Brennan Memorial Dive Meet almost every year since then including the five years his family lived in Australia. They would return to Southern California once a year, generally around the time of the Lee Brennan Memorial Meet. Payne says he’s proud to be associated with Lee Brennan’s dynamic legacy.

McCormick Divers Advance to West Championships

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By Jessica Pollack

Four Long Beach based McCormick Divers returned victorious from the U.S. Diving Spring Region 9 Championships in Tucson, Arizona.  Each of the four divers earned a place at the West National Championships next month in Oklahoma.

The youngest qualifiers are both nine-year-old Long Beach residents. Griffin Small will compete on both 1-meter and 3-meter springboard in the Boys 11&under age group.  He earned his top scores on his inward somersault in tuck position on 1-meter and inward dive in pike position on the 3-meter springboard.  Jenna Sonnenberg earned the highest place Continue reading