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Coach Abbey Bernardo is the new coach for the University of Chicago

October 28, 2014 / Posted by in News

Assistant Coach Abbey Bernardo has accepted a new position as the Head Diving Coach for the University of Chicago.

She will still be part of the coaching staff at Windy City but on more of a part time basis.

Congratulations and good luck with your season!

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Coach Donna O’Brien to be inducted into the Palatine High School Athletic Hall of fame

October 9, 2014 / Posted by in News

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Coach Donna has given back to the sport of diving in many ways and she has done this because she believes that this sport has done some great things for herself.

While coaching at Palatine High School, Donna has also coached Palatine Park District, Sharper Diving Academy, Schaumberg Park district, Harper College, Windy City Diving Team and Lake Forest College.

Over her 29 years of coaching at Palatine high School, she has had divers qualify for the IHSA State meet 40 out of 58 possible times. She had divers qualify annually to the IHSA State meet 26 years out of 29. She has had finalist at the MSL Conference Championships 51 time and 4 MSL Conference Champions. Her divers have won 5 IHSA Sectional Championship Meets and had 11 All-State Finished. Eighteen of her divers met the NISCA All-American consideration qualifying scores and 2 were named NISCA All-Americans. 2002 – Jen Hatzold, and 2005 – Alyx Korn.

As a member of the PHS Swimming and Diving Coaching Staff, the team finished in the Top Ten 12 times and earned 4 State Trophies – finishing 2nd in 1983, 1988, 1995, and 1996.

As a club coach, at the developmental and junior levels, she has had a hand in the development in multiple time Illinois State Champions – Hanna Shin (2 time state champ), Sara Hershman (2 time state champ), Christina Loukas (3 time state champ and IHSA record holder, 2 time Olypmian), and Kerrin Seymour (2 time state champ).

A number of Donna’s former divers and palatine High School graduates have become diving coaches at various levels in and out of the state of Illinois. Robin Yactor is the coach at Conant High School and Windy City Diving, Melissa Holback-Morris, Bridget Griffin, and Ian McNair are all coaches at Windy City Diving, Becky Schulewitz has coached at Libertyville High School, Heather Golem and Justin Sorenson have coached at Palatine Park District, and Adrienne Weir was the coach at harper College.

Her motto has always been –
“If you always do, what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”

She has always encouraged her athletes to get out of their comfort zones and to attack their fears n the board and in life and she has seen the sport of diving do great things for her former and present athletes!

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Fall Program Information now available

August 13, 2014 / Posted by in News

Our Fall Program information is now available.

Palatine Park District – Fall Diving Information

Please contact Coach Donna O’Brien with questions regarding the Palatine Park District Programs.

UIC – 2014 Fall Diving at UIC

Please contact Coach Susan Bromberg with questions regarding the program at UIC.

12 Divers Compete at USA Diving Age-Group and Junior National Championships

August 13, 2014 / Posted by in News

12 divers from the  Windy City Diving Team competed in the 2014 Age-Group and Junior National Championships held in Knoxville, TN at the University of Tennessee.

Here are the results from the meet

Age-Group Nationals

Jack DeLattre  finished in 20th place in the 14-15 1m event.

Jacob Hedberg finished in 16th place in the 14-15 1m event and 20th place in the 3m event.

John-Michael Divers finished in 31st place in the 16-18 1m event and 18th place in the 3m event.

Sydney Dusel placed 17th in the 1m event and 17th in the platform event in the 16-18 age group.

Junior Nationals

Harrison Nolan finished 25th in the 1m event, 20th in platform, and 32nd in the 3m in the 11 & under events.

Zayne Danielewicz finished 19th in the 1m event, 24 in platform, and 7th on 3m in the 11 & under events.

Kevin Sullivan finished in 4th place in the 1m event, 28th in the 3m event, and 24th in platform in the 12-13 event.

Zack Mega finished 33rd in the 1m event, and 35th in the 3m event in the 14-15 events.

Seamus Scotty finished 28th in the 1m event, 25th in the 3m event, and 23rd in platform in the 14-15 events.

Emma Ruchala finished 32nd on 1m and 24th in the 3m event in the 14-15 events.

Joey Cifelli finished 5th in the 1m event, and 9th in the 3m event in the 16-18 events.


Age Group Nationals

Age Group Nationals

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Junior Nationals 14

Joey Cifelli and Seamus Scotty also paired up with divers from the Mile High Dive club for the 3m synchro event.

Joey and his partner Kyle Goodwin finished in 12th place.


Windy City Wins Illinois Diving Association Championships

July 2, 2014 / Posted by in News

The Illinois Diving Association Championships were held at UIC on June 28-29, 2014.

Windy City Divers dove well and out scored the other Illinios Teams to capture the Team Title.

Results can be found on the Divemeets.com Web site.

IDA Championships 2014

IDA Trophy

13 Windy City Divers Qualify for the 2014 Zone C Championships in 29 events

June 16, 2014 / Posted by in News

This past weekend, Windy City Diving traveled to the Schroeder Aquatics Complex in Brown Deer, WI for the Region 5 Championships.

12 divers qualified to move onto the Zone C Championships which will be held again at the Schroeder Aquatics Complex July 10-13, 2014.  We also had 2 divers who finished in the top spot in 3 events.

Zone C Qualifiers and their events:

Zayne Danielewicz – 11 & under 1m, 3m, platform Champion

Harrison Nolan – 11 & under 1m, 3m, and platform

Paige Levinsky – 11 & under 1m

Ozy McEvoy – 12-13 1m

Kevin Sullivan – 12-13 1m, 3m, platform

Jack DeLattre – 14-15 1m

Emma Ruchala – 14-15 1m, 3m, platform

Jacob Hedberg – 14-15 1m, 3m

Zack Mega – 14-15 1m, 3m

Sydney Dusel – 16-18 1m, 3m

John-Michael Diveris – 16-18 1m, 3m

Joey Cifelli – 16-18 1m, 3m, plaftorm Champion


3 Windy City Divers Awarded NISCA All American Awards

June 11, 2014 / Posted by in News

Congratulations to Joey Cifelli,  Michael Klemm, and Sydney Dusel on being selected as NISCA High School All Americans.

NISCA All American Divers 2014

Summer Program information now available

May 21, 2014 / Posted by in News

Summer Program information is now available for the Palatine and UIC Training Sites.

Summer Diving Program at UIC 2014

Summer Diving Program at Palatine 2014

Divers do well at West Nationals

April 29, 2014 / Posted by in News

Windy City Divers did very well at the last West National Championships which were held at the Riverside Community Aquatics Center in Riverside, Ca.


Joey Cifelli (16-18) placed 3rd on 1 meter and 5th in the 3 meter events.  His 3rd place finish secured him a qualifying spot for the 2014 Junior National Championships in Knoxville, TN this summer.


Other Windy City divers who dove at the meet were;

Harrison Nolan – 11 & under, 1 & 3 meter events

Matthew Bulava – 11 & under, 1 & 3 meter events

Ozy McEvoy – 12-13, 1 meter event

Emma Ruchala – 14-15, 1 & 3 meter events

Seamus Scotty – 14-15, 1 & 3 meter events

John-Michael Diveris – 16-18 1 meter event.

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Change in UIC Practice sites and times for week of April 21-24

April 19, 2014 / Posted by in News

Due to the pool at UIC being down for maintenance this coming week, practices will be held at 2 different sites.

Please contact Coach Susan for waiver information for each site.

Monday – University of Chicago 4:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday – University of Chicago 4:00-6:00 pm or Hoffman Estates HS 6:30-8:15 pm

Wednesday – University of Chicago 5:15-7:15 pm

Thursday – Hoffman Estates HS 6:30-8:15 pm

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