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 justRead More »Sonnenberg Wins Springboard Title at AAU Nationals

Reid, Bodnar evnision plunging to new heights at Master Meet

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By David Felton – Staff Writer

LONG BEACH – These guys are becoming masters of qualifying for the Masters Meet.

Poly High junior Deon Reid and St. Anthony junior Nyko Bodnar will compete in their third CIF Southern Section Swimming and Diving Masters Meet today at 4 p.m. at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.

This year, both enter the competition having won CIF divisional diving titles last week.

Reid claimed the Division II title – his second championship in a row – while Bodnar won in Division III. The Masters Meet pits the top performers from all divisions against each other.Read More »Reid, Bodnar evnision plunging to new heights at Master Meet

From Helsinki to Huntington — Two Diving Greats Meet

Almost 60 years ago, Huntington Beach resident and diving legend, Dr. Sammy Lee was in Helsinki, Finland winning his second Olympic Gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games.

Last year, Sammy got together with a room full of diving greats from all over the U.S. to celebrate his 90th birthday. Sammy’s former student and fellow Huntington Beach resident, Debby McCormick, thought it would be fun to show a video of a Finnish Clown dive troupe she had received two years before.The room was stunned by the quality of the Jerobeam Clown Divers headed by Osmo Meskanan.Read More »From Helsinki to Huntington — Two Diving Greats Meet