Fitzpatrick finishes her career with Greenwich Marlins
The talented trio of Carolina Sculti, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick and James Hopper sparked the YMCA of Greenwich Marlins Diving Club to a standout finish at the 2015 AT&T USA Diving National Championships recently at the YMCA Aquatic and Family Center in Orlando, Fla.
Sculti, a Rye, N.Y., resident, captured the first-place medal in the 14-15 year-old girls 1-meter springboard event at the National Championships, earning a score of 375.25 in the finals. She also finished second in the 14-15 year-old girls platform event (340.45) and placed eighth in the 14-15 girls three-meter springboard final (356.05).
Sculti’s championship performance in the one-meter and strong effort in the platform earned her a spot on the USA Junior Pan-American team, which takes place in Cuba Oct. 4-12. In her first appearance in the Senior Women’s events at the National Championships, Sculti took 10th in the one-meter diving event (216.40) and 17th in the semifinals of the three-meter springboard. By being chosen to represent the U.S. at the Junior Pan-American Games, Sculti is pre-qualified to compete in all individual events at the USA Diving Winter National Championships (Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 15-20).
At the AT&T USA Diving National Championships, the YMCA of Greenwich Marlins finished 12th overall. They placed seventh in the championship team awards for women and 30th for men.
Fitzpatrick, a Darien native and 2015 Greenwich Academy graduate, where she also starred as a diver, posted a fifth-place finish in the girls 16-18 year-old one-meter springboard competition at the National Diving Championships (423.60) and was 16th on the three-meter board (418.70).
Fitzpatrick, who will take her diving skills to Duke University, concluded her outstanding Marlins diving career by producing her best finishes in the Senior Nationals. She was 10th in the semifinals of the Senior Women one-meter event (233.70) and 16th on the three-meter board (245.25).
Hopper, who resides in Greenwich, made his mark in the boys 14-15 year-old division. He placed fourth on the three-meter board at the Diving Nationals (422.75), sixth in the one-meter event (363.50) and was 15th on the platform board (295.95) for the Marlins.