Meet Mary Beth Dunnichay, an American Olympic Synchronized Diver. See photos, video and read a biography of Mary Beth below.
Mary Beth Dunnichay and her synchronized diving partner, Haley Ishimatsu, finished in fifth place with a total score of 309.12 in the Women’s Synchronized 10m Platform event Tuesday. The Chinese took home the gold, the Australians took the silver, and Mexico took the bronze. Not bad for two divers who have only trained together for two years. They happened to be the youngest divers in the event as well. Watch for these two in 2012!
As a biography, Mary Beth Dunnichay was born on February 15, 1983 in Anderson, Indiana. At just 15 years old, this pixie stands 5 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds.
She comes from a family of athletes – her mother, Marian, was a gymnast back in the day, and older brother Caleb is currently a diver at Notre Dame. He was the NCAA diving champ as a freshman while at Auburn University before he transferred to ND.
Mary Beth started diving when she was 6 years old. She would watch her big brother Caleb dive and thought she’d try her hand at it.
She trains six days a week, six hours a day at the National Training Center in Indianapolis together with partner Haley.
Some of her career highlights include winning the Bronze medal in the synchronized 10m at the Pan American Games in 2007, 2008 World Cup team member and silver medalist at the 2006 Speedo Junior National Championships.
Mary Beth and Haley have only been training together since 2006, and at the 2007 World Championships, they took fifth place in the synchronized platform. They have come a long way in such a short time, it will be exciting what these two will bring to the 2012 London Summer Games!
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