CLEMSON, S.C. – Head Coach Leslie Hasselbach Adams is in Gwangju, Korea representing the United States as the country’s diving judge at the 2015 World University Games. This is the 28th anniversary of the Summer Universiade event, which takes place every two years, and this year’s event features 21 US sports and more than 575 American athletes, coaches and staff. The diving events will be contested from July 3-9.
“I am honored to be selected to represent the USA as a diving judge at the World University Games,” said Adams. “The diving competition will have more competitors and events than it has ever had in the history of the Summer Universiade. I am excited to work alongside the other judges to determine the World University Game champions and medalists.”
Eleven divers (five men and six women) are representing the United States at the Summer Universiade. Four of the 11 (three men and one woman) are current divers at ACC schools (Miami, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia). There are 10 different diving competitions at the games: men’s and women’s one-meter, three-meter, 10-meter, three-meter synchro and 10-meter synchro, and USA divers will compete in six of the 10 events.
Adams is a certified judge by FINA, which is the international governing body for aquatic sports. She earned her FINA certification in September 2012, and earlier this year, judged the USA Diving World Championship Trials in Bloomington, Ind. on May 14-17. In 2014, she was selected to judge the Youth Olympic Games Qualifying Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico. Upon returning from the Summer Universiade, she is scheduled to judge the USA Diving AT&T National Championships in Orlando, Fla. from Aug. 1-13.
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ABOUT THE EVENTThis multi-sport event is scheduled every two years with the Summer Games attracting over 10,000 athletes and staff from over 150 countries. The word “Universiade” comes from ‘university’ and ‘Olympiad’, and means Olympic Games for students. To be eligible for the Games, an athlete must be an officially registered student who is progressing towards a degree at an accredited university or be a former student of a university who has received his/her degree in 2014. Eligible participants must be citizens of the country they represent and must be between the ages of 17 and 28 on January 1, 2015.
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