Four North Carolina divers competed in the 2017 USA Diving Winter National Championships in Greensboro from Dec. 13 through Dec. 19. The Tar Heel divers saw mixed success, and the event was highlighted by first-year Greg Duncan, who won a national championship in the three-meter synchronized dive.
Two UNC men’s and two women’s divers qualified for the championships, which featured 150 top divers from across the nation. Of the ten events, divers from UNC competed in five: the mens’ and womens’ one-meter dive, mens’ and womens’ three-meter, and the men’s synchronized three-meter.
Duncan was the top performer for the Tar Heels. The first-year participated in the three-meter synchronized and took first place with his hometown partner Grayson Campbell, who represented the University of Texas. Duncan also placed fourth in the one-meter, but failed to qualify for the finals of the three-meter.
“He’s a funny animal,” head diving coach Abel Sánchez said. “He’s happy, but I don’t know if he’s ecstatic. He always wants to do better and do more. I know he’s grateful for the title.”