May 29, 2013
QUEBEC CITY, Quebec—Two-time Olympian and Sun Devil diver Riley McCormick qualified for the FINA World Championships last weekend, and will represent his home country of Canada on the 3-meter springboard.
McCormick took first place overall on the 1-meter springboard, Friday, becoming the Canadian National Champion in the event. However, because Canada does not field a team for the 1-meter event at Worlds, McCormick had to wait until Saturday to qualify for international competition.
The ASU senior punched his ticket to Barcelona after finishing in second on the 3-meter springboard the following day to join teammate Harrison Jones and head coach Mark Bradshaw in Spain for the FINA World Championships. Jones previously qualified to represent the United States and Bradshaw was named to the Team USA coaching staff.
McCormick had competed for Canada in the Olympic finals of the 10-meter platform competition and specializes in the platform discipline. However, the Sun Devil is still nursing a thumb injury that inhibits him from completing the handstand required to compete in the event.
Next to the Olympics, the FINA World Championship, held July 19-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain, is the premiere swimming and diving championship and is held on an annual basis, unlike the Olympics, which is held every four years.