Harper Thornett sends verbal message to Tennessee Diving (2023)


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One of the top divers at this year’s National Junior Championships, Harper thornett has already made his college decision for 2023, choosing to become a volunteer by joining the University of Tennessee. Thornett is from McLean, Va., Where he trains with the Alexandria Dive Club.

While just entering his first year of high school, Thornett has enjoyed success nationally on several occasions. He currently ranks in the top 30 in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform among divers under 18 in the United States. In 2021, he competed in the U.S. National Junior Diving Championships, finishing 12th on platform with a score of 379.45. He also added a 21st place in the 3m in this competition. This competition marked his third participation in the national championships, after qualifying in 2018 and 2019.

Last season, the Vols had several divers qualified to compete in the NCAA Championships. While Matthew Wade, the team’s top diver last season, is currently in his final year, Bryden hattie was only a freshman in 2020-21. Hattie qualified to compete on all three boards at the NCAA Championships, finishing 9th on platform and 10th in the 3-yard.

Flights divers are led by the head coach Dave parrington, who has been with the squad for 32 seasons. During his time with the program, he produced a total of 9 NCAA Champions, 44 SEC Champions and was named SEC Coach of the Year 15 times. He recently produced an NCAA champion in 2019, when Andrew Zeng won the 1-yard title a year after winning the platform event. Outside of Tennessee, he was head coach of the United States team at the 2014 FINA World Series and head coach of the Zimbabwe team at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

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