May 8, 1989 |
Mark Lenzi continued his rapid climb as a world-class diver by winning the men's one-meter springboard competition as the FINA World Diving Cup concluded Sunday. Lenzi, a junior at Indiana University, had 402.18 points for his six dives. Valeri Statsenko of the Soviet Union was second with 376.50. Lenzi's win was the highlight of a disappointing day for the United States. Earlier, both U.S. divers failed to qualify for the finals in the men's 10-meter platform, and Wendy Lucero, who was sixth on the three-meter springboard in the Olympics and finished third in the team competition here, was eliminated in the semifinals of that event.
August 18, 1991 |
Krista Klein won her third national championship and Patrick Jeffrey earned his first in the three-meter springboard Saturday at the U.S. Diving Championships. Klein beat defending champion Wendy Lucero by 37 points to win her first U.S. title in the three-meter event since the indoor championships in April of 1990. Jeffrey, a perennial finalist but never a national champion, also had a strong finish and got some help when two veteran champions performed poorly down the stretch.
March 9, 1993 |
Bonnie Blair is not fond of taking phone calls at 3:45 a.m. She wouldn't have missed this one for the world. On Monday night, the speedskater from Champaign, Ill., won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete last year. But it was Tuesday morning at Blair's end of the line in Inzell, Germany, where she is training for this weekend's World Cup in Holland. Blair, 28, winner of two gold medals in the Olympics last year at Albertville, France, got the news from her sister, Angela.
January 5, 1991 |
Fu Mingxia, a 12-year-old from China, became the youngest world champion in the history of any aquatic event when she rallied to win the women's platform diving Friday at the World Swimming Championships. No sooner had she accepted her gold medal, than FINA, the sport's governing body, announced it was limiting future world championships, Olympics and World Cup events to those 14 and over.
August 15, 1991 |
Mark Lenzi says he has to prove himself every time out, so he wasn't overly impressed with his big finish in the semifinals of the men's 3-meter springboard Wednesday at the U.S. Diving Championships. In the women's platform semifinals, two-time NCAA champion Courtney Nelson led a group of 12 qualifiers into Sunday's finals. Among the finalists is Eileen Richetelli, who won a gold medal in platform diving at the Pan American Games three days earlier.
January 6, 1991 |
Edwin Jongejans, who has lived in the shadow of his sister, Dutch diving teammate Daphne, surprised the favored Chinese and held off a late charge by American Mark Lenzi to win the men's one-meter springboard event Saturday at the World Swimming Championships. It was the best finish by far in a major international meet for Jongejans, who lives and trains with his sister in Coral Gables, Fla.
August 28, 1993 |
Executing a dive no other woman has mastered, China's Tan Shuping won the one-meter springboard title Friday in the Alamo Four Nation Challenge at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. Mark Lenzi of the United States dominated the men's three-meter springboard and Russia's Svetlana Khokhlova was the women's platform champion. Tan used the inward 2 1/2 somersault to defeat Germany's Brita Baldus. It drew scores of 5 1/2 and 6, and, boosted by a degree of difficulty of 3.0, gave her a 2.4-point lead.
July 30, 1993 |
After a decent start came a steady fade. Gewin Sincharoen, seventh individually after the first round of men's team gymnastics competition, finished 18th Thursday night at the Hemisfair Arena. Sincharoen, who trains in Chatsworth, dropped gradually to 11th after the second event, then 15th, 17th and 19th after the fifth round, before moving up a notch. He finished with a score of 49.70. Sincharoen's team, the West, took third, good enough to earn him a bronze medal.
June 22, 1996
Defending Olympic springboard champion Mark Lenzi came from 10 points behind on his last dive to earn a trip to the Atlanta Games on Friday night, and Scott Donie claimed the other three-meter berth at the U.S. diving trials at Indianapolis. Lenzi entered the final in fourth place, and battled furiously to make up ground on Donie and second-place Dean Panaro.