Kristen Hayden Makes History As First Black Woman To Win U.S. National Senior Title In Synchronized Diving

by Gee NY

Kristen Hayden has secured her place in history as the first Black woman to win a U.S. national senior title in synchronized diving.

Partnering with freshman Quinn Henninger, Hayden’s victory in the mixed synchronized 3-meter event at the USA Diving Winter National Championships stands as a momentous milestone for the sport.

Representing Indiana University, the dynamic duo impressed judges with a standout performance, earning predominantly 7.0s and 7.5s scores. With a total score of 286.86 points, they claimed a three-point lead over their competitors, Carson Tyler and Anne Fowler.

This historic win propels Hayden into the spotlight, making her the first Black American diver to secure a coveted spot at the world championships in Japan scheduled for May.

Hayden, who began diving at the age of 10, hails from Hillsborough, New Jersey, and at 23, she is a founding member of USA Diving’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

Expressing her joy, Hayden highlighted the significance of her victory for aspiring divers from diverse backgrounds. She sees herself as a positive example, aiming to inspire young Black Americans and minorities interested in pursuing diving in the U.S.

Kristen Hayden’s remarkable journey is set to continue as she prepares to compete in additional events, including the 3-meter synchro with partner Margo O’Meara, as well as the individual 1-meter and 3-meter events.

As Hayden continues to break barriers, her achievements serve as a beacon of inspiration for a more diverse and inclusive future in diving.

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