USA Diving will partner with the University of Arizona and Visit Tucson to host the 2013 UANA Junior Pan American Championships at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on the University of Arizona campus, September 26-29, 2013. The meet will feature 105 participants from nine countries, with competition conducted in four age groups: 11 & under (D Group), 12-13 (C Group), 14-15 (B Group) and 16-18 (A Group) for both boys and girls. Athletes will compete for titles on the 1- and 3-meter springboard and platform events, as well as synchronized 3-meter events.
Tucson’s Delaney Schnell, 14, will be part of the competition. Schnell was part of the 2011 U.S. Junior Pan Am team that competed in Colombia, where she won the silver medal on platform in the girls 12-13 age group. Schnell also represented the U.S. at the 2012 FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Australia.
Purchase tickets online through September 20, on-site at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 25 and from 8 a.m. to start of the last event on competition days, September 26-29. Children under 12, military, students and seniors can purchase daily tickets for $12/day and an all-season pass for $40. Adult tickets are $15/day and $55 for an all-season pass. For a full event schedule and ticket information, visit usadiving.org.
The Junior Pan American Championships, held every other year, are returning to the United States for the first time since 2005 when the meet was held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tucson is no stranger to international diving competition, having successfully hosted the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in 2010. The event is awarded to a site capable of hosting a large number of international athletes, coaches and officials in a facility that meets the governing body’s regulations and standards. Additionally, a FINA Diving Judges School will be held in conjunction with the event from September 25-27.
USA Diving, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the sport’s national governing body. Headquartered in Indianapolis, USA Diving offers a variety of programs for divers of all ages and skill levels. It is a network of people working together to conduct, promote and participate in the United States’ most successful summer Olympic sport.