The world of a young local diver

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IN OUR SCHOOLS

Luca Fassi (Photo – Antonella Fassi)

I started diving when I was 9 and a half at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center for fun as I loved water and gymnastics and it seemed like a good mix of the two.

By Luca Fassi

I was invited to join the team soon after, and I was finally promoted to the Junior Olympic team at the age of ten and a half. At this level the training is very intense with 2-3 hours of practice per day for 6 days per week. The training includes water practice, conditioning and dry land. We usually have one competition per month, but the main ones are the regional ones and the zones to qualify for US nationals in the summer. Diving is my passion and I wish I could compete in the world championships or maybe even go to the Olympics one day. I love the thrill, physical and mental challenge, and athleticism of the sport, as well as traveling and connecting with people. Diving is a very small community and my dive center is like a big family. When you train every day for so many years and travel together for up to 14 consecutive days for competitions, you become very close to your teammates and kids from other clubs you compete against across the country.

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Luca Fassi (Photo – Kremer / Johnson)

Some of the highlights of my career are:

  • 3 international competitions:
  • CAMO International finalist on all 1m, 3m and Platform boards (2018)
  • Finalist of the Dresden International Youth Meet platform (2019) as a member of the USA DIVING team
  • Platform Junior Panamerican Games 8th place (2019) as a member of the USA DIVING team
  • National Champion AAU 3m (2019)
  • Junior Nationals Platform Silver Medalist (2019), Knoxville TN
  • CIF (High School Diving) 2021 2nd place
  • ALL AMERICAN Dive 2021
  • Platform (5m, 7m, 10m) finalist (top 12) at 4 USA Nationals
  • Member of the 2019 and 2021 US High Performance Squad level 3 team (US junior team / US top 30 divers between boys and girls, top 15 boys)

This year is a very important year for me as a diver. I’m a junior at Marshall Fundamental High School, and colleges are starting to contact student-athletes for recruitment. I started being contacted on the first NCAA cleared day which was June 15the, 2021, receiving calls and emails from diving coaches at many universities like the University of Texas, Austin (one of the top three in the country for diving, producing many Olympic divers over the years), l ‘University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh, NCSU, Alabama, Missouri, Princeton, Harvard, Duke, Berkeley and a few others. I was invited to visit and offered official recruiting trips. I decided to only visit three so far and made the trips in September, and they were very exciting and fun. I am almost ready to make a choice, which will not be easy when it comes to choosing great academics, but also a great diving program. I will probably be committing to my college in November of this year as a junior.

Luca Fassi is a diver and junior at Marshall Fundamental.

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(Photo – Antonella Fassi)

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