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About Montgomery Dive Club

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About Montgomery Dive Club

Staff  |  Facilities  |  Boosters |  Diving?

 

About Us

The Montgomery Dive Club has served divers and parents of Montgomery County, Maryland and beyond since 1989. A registered USA and AAU Diving Club, MDC has trained many of the nation's finest springboard and platform divers, producing a long list of State, Regional, Zone and National Champions throughout our history.  

But we don't just serve elite level athletes pursuing Olympic Dreams. We also work with absolute beginners, Summer League kids hoping to improve their scores, High School divers looking to hone their list for Metros and adults who are looking for a challenging way to keep in shape. 

 

Philosopy

Our philosophy is to place our athletes' well-being ahead of scores, medals and titles, with a goal of cultivating a genuine passion for the sport of diving and an understanding of the value of perseverance, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior. We treat our athletes with dignity and respect.

 

Organization

There are four organizations involved in Montgomery County's diving programs: Montgomery County Recreation Department (MCRD), Built by Beavers LLC (B3), the Montgomery Dive Club (MDC), and the MDC Boosters (Boosters).

MCRD owns the pools and operates the Active Montgomery registration. They decide what time we can hold classes, whether or not we can host meets, and the temperature of the air and water in the building. 

Built by Beavers is the company hired by MCRD to staff and manage county diving programs. B3 runs www.montgomerydiveclub.org., hires and trains the coaches, coordinates events, rents the Dryland Training Center, provides liability insurance coverage, purchases diving equipment and generally promotes the sport of diving in our area.

MDC is the name of our competitive team. Our divers compete in AAU and USA Diving under the team name Montgomery Dive Club.  

MDC Boosters is an independent non-profit organization. Their mission is to promote the amatuer sport of diving in Maryland. The Boosters have been instrumental in the growth of our programs. We encourage you to support them. 

 

Staff

Doug Beavers - Program Director

Coach Beavers has been active in the sport of diving since 1977, and has been a professional diving coach for over 20 years. For years he was actively involved with NVSL diving at Parliament Pool in Springfield, VA. Parliament is where he learned to swim and dive, got his first job, started coaching diving, and met his wife Beth.

In 1989 he began coaching at the Northern Virginia Dive Club (NVDC) a registered USA Diving program, under Head Coach Bob Ketrick. During his time there he played an instrumental role in the development of NVDC’s first Olympic Trials qualifier, Kristin Link. By the time he left in December 1994, the club had built a strong reputation as an up-and-coming USA Diving program.

Eager to try his hand as a Head Coach, he spent two years as the Head JO Coach at South Carolina Divers and served as assistant coach at University of South Carolina. There he worked with Puerto Rican Olympian Vivian Alberty and US Olympians Melisa Moses and Michelle Davison.

In December of 1996, he moved to the City of St Peters, Missouri to create a comprehensive diving program at the St Peters REC-PLEX. He started from scratch, and over the next nine years Lightning Diving became a nationally recognized USA Diving program, produced numerous Junior National and Senior National Qualifiers, NCAA scholarship athletes, and several National Champions.

Divers trained by Coach Beavers and his staff in St Peters went on to capture NCAA and Senior National Titles, compete in US Olympic Trials, and even compete at the Olympic Games. In the London 2012 Olympic Games, former Lightning Diver Kelci Bryant won a bronze medal in the synchronized 3-meter springboard event. In the summer of 2004, the City of St Peters hosted the US Olympic Trials for diving, and Doug was an active part of the bid and hosting of that event.

In addition to coaching, Beavers has been active in the administrative levels of the sport, serving on the Executive Board of USA Diving and as President of the US Professional Diving Coaches Association. He was named Program Director of Montgomery Dive Club in September 2010. He currently coaches National Team and Human Springs at Germantown.

Contact Coach Doug at DougB@MontgomeryDiveClub.org

 

Wesley Mattice - KSAC National Team Coach and Facility Director

Coach Wes joined the MDC staff in September 2011. He started diving in the summer of 1995, under Coach Joe Somma at Newfield Swim and Dive Club in Stamford, CT. Shortly after that he was invited to join the Whirlwind Dive Team. He dove at Stamford High School and competed in college at Southern Connecticut State University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Studio Art.

Even as a diver Wes continually found himself coaching, assisting at his summer club and with the club team at SCSU. In Fall 2006, he started coaching for Whirlwind, working with all levels from beginner to the national team. During this time he continued to learn from great coaches like Joe Somma and Sergey Meshcherskiy. He also trained and competed at Masters Nationals in 2007. He is a member of the USA Diving Code of Conduct Committee for Zone A and is an active participant in the USA Diving's Annual National Conferences. 

Coach Wes is currently on the roster of USA Diving's Junior National Squad coaching staff. Identified as a coach of top national talent, he receives exclusive coach training opportunities from USA Diving as part of this squad.  He attended the 2015 Junior Pan Americas in Cuba as a coach. Along with running the National Team out of Kennedy Shriver Aquatics Center Wes performs coach education and the development of curriculum for the lessons and pre-team groups at Montgomery Dive Club.

Wes spends most of his time coaching the National Team at KSAC and the Dryland Training Center. Off the pool deck Wes is a freelance Graphics Designer, Illustrator and artist. He has used his considerable skills to help develop the MDC web site, design cool event logos, and create our marketing materials.

Contact Coach Wes at WesM@MontgomeryDiveClub.org

 

 

Alex Gauvin - GISC NATIONAL TEAM COACH AND FACILITY DIRECTOR

Coach Alex joined the MDC staff in May 2016. Alex is an experienced coach and diver who comes to MDC after working two years to establish a brand new diving program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has 14 years of diving experience and nine years of coaching experience. Previous to his work at BGSU, Alex was the JO and NCAA assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, where he worked under highly respected coach Buck Smith. At EMU Alex developed age-group divers to a National level and was instrumental in building Legacy Diving into a thriving and nationally respected Junior and Senior level diving program. Alex will be working with the National Team Divers at Germantown.

Contact Coach Alex at AlexG@MontgomeryDiveClub.org


 

 

Kasey Kinney - Assistant National Team Coach, KSAC

Coach Kinney is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where she competed as an NCAA Division 1 diver for the U.S. Army’s Black Knights. Prior to that, while attending Branford High School in her home state of Connecticut, Kasey led the school’s varsity team as the most valuable diver and team captain. Additionally, in her post graduate year at Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, Pennsylvania), Kasey once again led the school’s dive team as its most valuable diver and team captain.

Now calling Montgomery County home, Kasey has amassed an impressive portfolio of local coaching appointments. Most recently, she served as head dive coach for both the Academy of the Holy Cross and the Georgetown Preparatory School, as well as the Madeira School in McLean. During the summer months, Kasey can be found coaching the River Falls Dolphins in Potomac.

In addition to her experience as a diver and coach, Kasey comes to MDC with a diversified background that includes military, corporate management and athletic administration experience. As a result, she is highly organized and results oriented, and will serve as a strong role model to MDC’s divers. In her new role with MDC, while coaching at both KSAC and the DTC, Kasey will continue to improve the program's administration and organization while providing strong coaching and support to our divers.

Contact Coach Kasey at KaseyK@MontgomeryDiveClub.org
 

Patrick Meck - Developmental and Dryland COACH, KSAC

Patrick Meck returns to MDC this Fall to run our Human Springs programs and expand our dryland offerings. Patrick is an MDC National Team Alum, a collegiate diver at Maryland, and an accomplished gymnast and trampolinist. He is an experienced gymnastic, trampoline and diving coach with a real knack for helping kids develop a passion for acrobatics. Coach Meck will work primarily at KSAC and the Dryland Training Center. 

Contact Coach Patrick at PatrickM@MontgomeryDiveClub.org

 

Erika Matheis - MDC Biomechanist, KSAC & GISC

Erika Matheis joined the MDC staff in March 2016. She started diving as an age-group diver in upstate New York and was a six-year varsity high school diver. Erika attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she competed under the coaching of Kevin Lawrence. During each of her four years a UNC, Erika was an ACC finalist and competed at the NCAA Zone B Championship. In 2007 she was a member of the ACC Championship team at UNC and she competed at the USA Diving Senior National competition finaling in the women's 3m synchronized springboard event with her partner.

Erika has over 15 years of coaching experience. She began coaching beginner divers on her age-group team in New York. While at UNC, she coached both high school and age-group divers at the Tarheel diving program while earning her degree in Exercise and Sport Science. In 2008-2009 Erika coached the Radford University Diving team. Erika continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. While she studied for her Master's degree, Erika was the head diving coach at the University of Richmond, a Division I school. While at the University of Richmond, Erika was the head coach of Capitol Dive Club, her own age-group program, which produced many successful athletes who went on to attend Division I colleges. After graduating with a degree in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in biomechanics, Erika accepted a research position with a spine implant company in the Philadelphia region. While in Philadelphia, Erika was an age-group coach at Centennial Dive Club under head-coach Steve Kuttruff for three years.

In her spare time, Erika enjoys biomechanics and science. She is actively pursuing ways to improve the sports world with quantitative measures. Erika offers classes to athletes and coaches to further their understanding of how anatomy and physics affect performance. With her expertise and experience in biomechanics, she offers a unique perspective to both athletes and coaches.

 

Ali-Marie Murphy - Program Administrator and COACH of All Levels

Ali joined the MDC staff in the Fall of 2014 after completing her Psychology and Criminal Justice degree at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. While at GMU she dove for the Patriots under the guidance of nationally recognized coach Dennis Ceppa. In the short time that Ali has been with the program, she has facilitated a tremendous amount of positive change. Her detail-oriented organizational skills have had a broad impact on the club's administration and communication processes.  

Contact Coach Ali at AliM@MontgomeryDiveClub.org

 
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Facilities


Our Facilities

 

Facilities


Our Facilities

 

Our Facilities

Montgomery Dive Club offers year round diving instruction at four locations in Montgomery County, Maryland. We are very fortunate to have access to the Montgomery County Recreation Department's remarkable diving facilities.

Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center (KSAC) formerly known as the Montgomery Aquatic Center is located in North Bethesda, at 5900 Executive Boulevard 240-777-8070. The Shriver Center is a world-class diving facility, with a host of amenities to benefit all levels of divers: 

  • 3, 5, 7 and 10-meter platforms
  • Two 1-meter springboards on concrete stands
  • Two 3-meter springboards on concrete stands
  • Overhead spotting harnesses over 1-meter and 3-meter springboard
  • Bubbler system for cushioned landings on new dives
  • Digital delay instant replay
  • 400 square foot dryland area

The MDC Dryland Training Center (DTC) is located in Structure, adjacent to KSAC at 5900 Executive Boulevard. The DTC was established in July 2012, as part of the USA Diving Olympic Team Training Camp. While the facility is currently used by the MDC National Team, plans are underway to open up classes for all levels of divers in this facility. By January 2014, we expect the facility to contain the following:

  • Two 1-meter dry diving boards with 12' x 12' x 32" landing pit
  • Two 6' x 12' trampolines with competition beds
  • 25' x 25' floor for multi-purpose activities
  • Overhead spotting harness over trampoline and dryboard

Germantown Indoor Swim Center (GISC) is located at 18000 Central Park Circle in Boyds, Maryland 240-777-6830 . Like the Shriver Center, GISC is also a world-class diving facility, with a full compliment of specialized equipment designed to train divers at all skill levels.

  • 5, 7, and 10-meter platforms
  • Two 1-meter springboards on concrete stands
  • Two 3-meter springboards on concrete stands
  • 7' x 14' trampoline with overhead spotting harness
  • Overhead spotting harnesses over 1-meter springboard
  • Bubbler system for cushioned landings on new dives
  • Digital delay instant replay
  • 500 square foot dryland training area

Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center (MLK) located at 1201 Jackson Road in Silver Spring 240-777-8060, is an outstanding springboard and platform training site, and a dedicated Human Springs training site, with a number of amenities to aid beginner to advanced divers.

  • Two 1-meter springboards on concrete stands
  • One 3-meter springboard on concrete stand
  • One 5-meter platform
  • Overhead spotting harness over 1-meter and 3-meter springboards
  • 7' x 14' trampoline with overhead spotting harness

Olney Swim Center (OSC) is located at 16605 Georgia Avenue in Olney, Maryland 240-777-4995. OSC is another dedicated Human Springs training site, offering a dryland training area, one 1-meter springboard and one 3-meter springboard.

 

 The Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds, Maryland.

The Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds, Maryland.

 The Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in Rockville, Maryland.

The Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in Rockville, Maryland.

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MDC Boosters


MDC Boosters (MDCB)

 

The MDC Boosters are a Maryland 501c3 Non-profit organization established in 2007 to promote amateur diving in Montgomery County, Maryland. Over its history the MDC Booster have played a critical role in supporting the sport in our area. They have run national diving competitions, hosted the USA Olympic Diving Team, assisted athletes in their pursuit of Olympic Dreams, and provided essential equipment to area diving facilities. They have also hosted numerous events for grassroots divers and have played a crucial role in growing the sport in Maryland.

In July 2012, the organization was instrumental in the creation of Maryland’s first dryland training center specifically for the sport of diving. Without the support of the MDC Boosters, our Dryland Training Center in Rockville would not exist.

We encourage all members of the MDC Family to join the Boosters, to volunteer your time and expertise when possible, and to consider making a charitable donation to support our sport and the athletes who are training hard in pursuit of their dreams.

Visit their website here: http://mdcboosters.org/about/

MDC Boosters


MDC Boosters (MDCB)

 

The MDC Boosters are a Maryland 501c3 Non-profit organization established in 2007 to promote amateur diving in Montgomery County, Maryland. Over its history the MDC Booster have played a critical role in supporting the sport in our area. They have run national diving competitions, hosted the USA Olympic Diving Team, assisted athletes in their pursuit of Olympic Dreams, and provided essential equipment to area diving facilities. They have also hosted numerous events for grassroots divers and have played a crucial role in growing the sport in Maryland.

In July 2012, the organization was instrumental in the creation of Maryland’s first dryland training center specifically for the sport of diving. Without the support of the MDC Boosters, our Dryland Training Center in Rockville would not exist.

We encourage all members of the MDC Family to join the Boosters, to volunteer your time and expertise when possible, and to consider making a charitable donation to support our sport and the athletes who are training hard in pursuit of their dreams.

Visit their website here: http://mdcboosters.org/about/

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What is Diving?


What Is Diving?

Diving is an endlessly challenging individual competitive sport. Diving is the sport of jumping into water from a platform or springboard, 
while performing acrobatics. It's an internationally recognized sport that is part of the
Olympic Games, and is included in thousands of summer leagues, high schools and college athletic programs around the country. Diving is one of the most popular Olympic sports with spectators. Competitors possess strength, flexibility, kinaesthetic judgment and air awareness. We as divers work on the development of these characteristics to then be performed in the venue of a place where the diver leaps off a platform or springboard into water. 

 

What is Diving?


What Is Diving?

Diving is an endlessly challenging individual competitive sport. Diving is the sport of jumping into water from a platform or springboard, 
while performing acrobatics. It's an internationally recognized sport that is part of the
Olympic Games, and is included in thousands of summer leagues, high schools and college athletic programs around the country. Diving is one of the most popular Olympic sports with spectators. Competitors possess strength, flexibility, kinaesthetic judgment and air awareness. We as divers work on the development of these characteristics to then be performed in the venue of a place where the diver leaps off a platform or springboard into water. 

 

Here is a nice introductory video introducing the world of diving to those who are new to it or don't know our sport. 

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Events



Events at Montgomery Dive Club

Events



Events at Montgomery Dive Club

Frosty Flip Invite

 

2018 Frosty Flip Invite
Rockville, MD - Saturday, February 24th

The 2018 Frosty Flip will be held Saturday, February 24th at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in Rockville MD. We hope you all will join us for a fun day of friendly diving competition. This meet is specifically designed for divers who are unlikely to compete at the USA Diving Regional level.  The atmosphere is fun and low stress. We encourage all of you to join us for a fun day at the pool. 


How Do I Sign Up?
Registration for the meet begins Saturday, February 10th at noon and closes Thursday, February 22nd at 10 pm. On February 10th  you should:

  • Go to www.mdcboosters.org
  • Enter the list of dives you wish to perform on 1-meter and or 3-meter springboard
  • Pay your registration fee via PayPal

When you arrive at the meet the morning of February 24th, go to the Check-In Table in the lobby upstairs at the pool and they will show you your dive sheet(s). You can review them, make any last-minute changes, and then head down to the pool to warm-up. 


What Dives Should I Do? 
If you don't already know the dives you want to perform, here are some recommended lists of dives. Contact your coach for guidance.

Recommended List of Dives for Level 1:

  • 100A (front jump straight)
  • 100C (front jump tuck)
  • 200A (back jump straight)
  • 200C (back jump tuck)
  • 001B (front line-up)

Level 1 divers might also consider 002A (back line-up) and 101c (front dive tuck)

Recommended List of Dives for Level 2:

  • Level 1 list would be just fine
  • 101C (front dive tuck)
  • 002A (back line-up)
  • 102C (front flip tuck)
  • 201C (back dive tuck)
  • 401C (inward dive tuck)

Advanced Level 2 divers may also consider 5122 (front flip full twist), 103C (front 1.5 flips) or other dives as suggested by their coach.

Recommended List of Dives for Level 3:

  • 101C
  • 401C
  • 103C
  • 201C
  • 301C

Advanced Level 3 divers may also consider 5122 (front flip full twist), 104C (front 2 flips) 402C (inward flip) or other dives as suggested by their coach.

Official Meet Information:
2018 Frosty Flip, February 24th at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in Rockville MD

Meet Director: 
Wes Mattice - WesM@montgomerydiveclub.org
 
Meet Location: 
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852

Dive Sheets: 
All divers should submit their dive lists online between February 10 and February 22 at www.MDCBoosters.org.  Registering online will help the meet to run smoothly and will also save your kids some money - the online entry fee is discounted. Sheets submitted online will be printed and ready for review at check-in on meet day.

Schedule:

  • 7 am: 13 & U 1 meter & 3 meter warmup
  • 8 am: 13 & U Competition begins (Girls 1M/Boys 3M 1st)
  • 13 & Under Girls 3M/Boys 1M warm-up and events immediately after
  • 10 am: Warm-up for 14 & Up High School/Masters 1-meter & 3-meter
  • 11 am: 14 & Up High School//Masters Competition begins (Girls 1M/Boys 3M 1st)
  • 14 & Up/Masters Girls 3M/Boys 1M warm-up and events immediately after 


After first events we will switch boards, have a short warm-up, and start second events. A more accurate estimated timeline will be posted to www.montgomerydiveclub.org and emailed to coaches and entrants on Friday, February 23rd. 

Registration: 
Online registration opens at www.MDCBoosters.org on February 10th at noon. Online registration fee per event is $25. Deck entries are $40 per event. Register, pay your entry fee (via PayPal) and submit your dive list all online. Online registrations will be accepted until 10 pm February 23rd.  After February 22nd at 10 pm you must register on deck and pay $40/event. 

Meet Format: 
All 13 & under divers will perform a total of 5 dives/skills per event. 14-18 year olds will compete in  6-dive “High School” Events. Masters will compete in 6-dive Masters events. Skills are defined as jumps or line- ups. Jumps may include 1/2 or full twist. All skills are DD 1.0. All dives are true DD. Skills may be repeated in a different position. Dives may not be repeated. Only one dive group may be repeated. 

Awards: 
Medals will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each event - 7 & Under, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, High School (14-18 year-olds), and Masters. 

See you at the pool! 

Doug Beavers

Montgomery Dive Club
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