Haley Ishimatsu is Olympic Synchronized Diver

August 13, 2008

Meet Haley Ishimatsu, an American Olympic Synchronized Diver. Read Haley’s biography and see photos and video below.

Haley Ishimatsu and her synchronized diving partner of several years, Mary Beth Dunnichay, finished fifth in the Women’s Synchronized 10m Platform event at the Olympics. Their score was 309.12. The Chinese won the gold, the Australians the silver and the Mexican won the bronze. Haley and Mary Beth are the youngest divers in the event.

Haley will be will perform her individual platform event on August 20 – 21.

Haley Ishimatsu was born on September 10, 1992 in Bellflower, California and considers Seal Beach, California her hometown. She is currently living in Indianapolis, Illinois. Hale is 15-years-old. She is 4’11” tall. Haley has been home schooled. Haley’s parents are Mark and Carol Ishimatsu. She has one older sister, Tory, who is also a diver. In September 2006, she moved to Indianapolis with her father and sister so that she could train at the USA Training Center. Her mother continues to work in California and commutes to Indiana to be with the family frequently.

Haley started diving in 2004, training six hours a day, six days a week. She is one of only three female divers who has been able to perform a back 3 1/2 pike and was the only female to do that same dive in the 2008 World Cup.

In addition to her impressive career highlights, she and Dunnichay are representing the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Haley loves to read and listens to alternative music. She collects rocks, pins and key chains from all the places she has visited.

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