By Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent 

Greenwood places second in national diving championships


Last updated 9/17/2018 at 12:22pm

Joey Greenwood, right and in the air, competes at the Amateur Athletic Union Diving National Championships in San Antonio.

Joseph Greenwood competed in the Amateur Athletic Union Diving National Championships during the summer in San Antonio, and the Fallbrook diver placed second in the one-meter competition for 18-year-old boys and tenth in the three-meter diving for 18-year-old boys.

"It was tough competition," Greenwood said. "There were a lot of good divers."

The AAU nationals were held at the Northside Independent School District Swim Center. The one-meter diving for 18-year-old boys took place July 24 and the three-meter event for 18-year-old boys occurred July 26.

New Jersey diver Griffin Brooks won both events. His score of 406.95 points on 10 dives was the superlative one-meter mark. Greenwood accumulated 377.35 points, Nick Nocita of Illinois was third with 375.10 points, and Nicholas McCann of San Antonio had the fourth-place score of 371.60 points.

"I honestly would have guessed way lower than second," Greenwood said. "I didn't expect to do that well, but I guess I pulled through at the end."

The three-meter competition also consisted of 10 dives. Brooks took first place with a score of 469.80 points. Greenwood had 314.55 points for the 10th-place figure.

"I definitely could have done better, but I did pretty well," Greenwood said.

The 18-year-old boys group included 17 divers who had to qualify with a score at an AAU meet. The qualifying score for 11 three-meter dives was 435 points; Greenwood scored 482.30 points during the April 27-29 USA Diving Junior Region 10 Championships meet in Santa Clara (he placed fourth in that meet).

Greenwood graduated from Oasis High School in June and dove for Fallbrook High School under the CIF San Diego Section's Multi-School Teams Status policy which allows athletes from certain schools to compete for a specified other team. His club competition was with Crown Valley Divers, which is in Laguna Niguel, and Greenwood also practiced with the Crown Valley Divers coaches as well as in the Fallbrook High School pool.

The AAU National Diving Championships meet was the last for Greenwood prior to his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints mission; he plans to dive in college after the completion of his mission.

Joey Greenwood and his mother, Tricia, take time for a photo op after Greenwood earned the silver medal in the one-meter competition for 18-year-old boys at the Amateur Athletic Union Diving National Championships.


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