Divers from Australasia gathered in Auckland over the weekend to compete in the 2019 Oceania Diving Championships, which doubled as an Olympic qualifier.
Australia was represented by Kevin Chavez (NSWIS) in the Men’s 3m Springboard and Sam Fricker (NSWIS) in the Men’s 10m Platform event.
Chavez won a silver medal, posting two impressive scores of 416.25 and 412.40 to shadow Australian counterpart Shixin Li with Australia owning the podium in Auckland.
Sam Fricker continued his impressive 2019, posting a score of 417.55, his highest score at an international event, to bring home a silver medal, missing the gold by 0.15 points to 2016 Olympic finalist Dominic Bedggood.
Australia has now qualified their first Men’s 3m Springboard and the final Women’s 10m Platform quota spot for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Australia has now locked away seven of the 12 Olympic quota positions with the remaining spots to be qualified at the FINA World Cup in Tokyo in April.
NSWIS will be hosting a number of synchro pairs for training blocks in Sydney over the coming months to prepare the teams for the World Cup blockbuster in April.
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Awesome time competing here at The 2019 Oceania Diving Championship. Closets comp of my life missing first place by only 0.15 but happy with my Performance and now back to training getting ready for a big year in 2020 🇦🇺.
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