Diving is not always elegant at the high school level. Dives often end with the someone saying, "Ow." No sport in Southern Arizona fields fewer competitors, but when it is done right, diving produces more oohs and aahs than anything else.
Thomas Finchum never will win an NCAA diving title.He would rather win an Olympic medal...Even with performance bonuses, Finchum's annual earnings might be less than $50,000. However, money is less of an issue than training regimen. NCAA divers are limited on hours they may practice under a college coach....By renouncing college eligibility, Finchum may continue virtually full-time at USA Diving's national training center
Daryl Gross is accused of 'breathtaking lack of competence' as war against undermining of NCAA swim programs gathers pace...In addition to firing winning Orange coaches and prompting others to resign, Gross has angered the Syracuse community by unceremoniously and unexpectedly announcing on May 31, 2007, that he would eliminate men's and women's swimming and diving after the 2007-2008 season and add an unproven sport (women's ice hockey). The Syracuse cuts are another example of the ever-increasing threat to Olympic sports. In the last year, Rutgers, James Madison, Butler and Ohio Universities have also said they would cut swimming and diving programs.