Pelham Memorial High School sophomore Jennifer Bell has been named a High School All America Diver. Earlier today the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) named Bell a NISCA/Speedo All America Diver following her sophomore season diving for the PMHS Women’s Swimming and Diving Team coached by Chris Driwinga.
Each year NISCA and performance swimwear company Speedo USA honor the nation’s top 100 high school women divers and top 100 high school men divers. To be eligible, women divers must achieve a minimum score of at least 375.00 points during an eleven-dive sanctioned interscholastic championship format meet. In her sophomore year during such a meet, Jennifer set the all-time New York State Public High School Athletic Association Section One record, scoring 532.35 points to become the 2016 Section One gold medalist and champion for the second consecutive year, earning a trip to the New York State Diving Championships where she finished sixth in the State.
Additionally, Jennifer is a four-time AAU Diving and YMCA Diving National Champion who also has competed on the ten-meter platform, the three-meter springboard, and the one-meter springboard in the USA Diving National Championships five times, the USA Diving Synchronized Diving National Championships three times, and in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Final Qualification Event. She has competed as a diver for Pelham Memorial High School since the seventh grade and has made it to the New York State Diving Championships four consecutive years, qualifying for the finals of those championships every year. She likewise has been named to the Section One All-Section Swimming and Diving Team all four years.
Jennifer is the 2017 USA Diving Region 1 Champion on the three-meter springboard (16-18 Girls) and was the 2016 USA Diving Region 1 Champion on both the three-meter springboard and the one-meter springboard (14-15 Girls). Later this month she will compete at the USA Diving Zone A Championships in North Carolina seeking qualification for her sixth trip to the USA Diving National Championships to be held in Columbus, Ohio later this year.
Jennifer trains daily with High Dive Champions at the diving training facility at SUNY-Purchase College in Purchase, New York. Her coaches include Michael Darland (a former University of Michigan diver), Sergey Meshcherskiy (a former member of the Russian National Team and five-time Russian National Champion on one-meter, three-meter, and platform), and Dick Kimball (five-time U.S. Olympic Diving Team coach and former head diving coach at the University of Michigan).