Belmont Plaza Rebuild Getting Headway

While the Grunion Gazette, and all of it’s sister publications, are a good pathway to get news out to the public, we haven’t seen too much in the manner of any press about the “redirection” or “rebuilding” of Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.  However, today Bob Keisser published a story about this very subject. If you haven’t read it yet please do so here:

Long Beach Deserves State-of-the-art Replacement for Belmont plaza pool

And please be at the City Council meeting, Tuesday Feb 12th at 5:00pm and show your support for Aquatics, Diving and McCormick Divers so that Long Beach can really be “Aquatics Capital of America”. And not just in name only.


Short Sighted Pool Plan Gaurantees Lost Money for Long Beach

OPINION – by Jessica Pollack (McCormick Divers Booster Club President)
As posted on


After years of patching, wrangling, and making do, the City of Long Beach finally has to come to terms with the need to rebuild the aging Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Twelve years ago, the City entertained plans to demolish the pool to build a state-of-the-art facility. Then, following the 9/11 attack in New York City, those plans were put on hold. Again in 2005, another plan was discussed, but never materialized. The facility has limped along, but now cannot continue operating. Continue reading

McCormick Divers Among Fellow Aquatic Athletes, Citizens for Organization Award

Our own Brandon Loschiavo is among Misty-May Treanor, Jessica Hardy and others for the 2012 Aquatics Athlete, Citizen, Coach and Organization Award presented by the Aquatic Capital of America Foundation.  Brandon will receive this award at an award dinner January 22nd at Kessal, Young & Logan.

“This year’s honorees were selected for their positive efforts that helped to further promote Long Beach as the aquatic capital of America,” said Tom Shadden, president, Aquatic Capital of America Foundation. “The awards ceremony honors them for their hard work and achievements, as well as raises awareness and support for our Foundation’s work here in the city.

Past recipients of this award for diving include former McCormick divers Deon Reid (who is in his freshman year at Duke University) and Cole Young (2009 USD Men’s 10M Synchro Champion and 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier).  We are very proud and honored that this committee picked Brandon. Read more here: Aquatic Capital Of America Foundation Announces 2012 Aquatics Athlete, Citizen, Coach And Organization Award Winners

McCormick Divers Up-and-Coming Athletes

During this year’s 2012 Glenn McCormick Memorial Diving Invitational, Debby was approached by a man that was curious on our event.  I never did get the chance to meet this gentleman, but from Debby’s recollection, he was a very nice and cordial and genuinely wanted to know the happenings of us, McCormick Divers, and the meet.  Well, a few days later after our meet, I get a link to this story about our divers and Debby from a slightly different perspective.  Needless to say, its a short but fine article and make a case for our sport in Long Beach.

So here it is, and enjoy:

Future Olympic and Diving Champs Being Trained in California @

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