Pelham Memorial High School junior Jennifer Bell has been named a High School All America Diver for the second consecutive year. The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) named Bell a NISCA/Speedo All America Diver following her junior season diving for the PMHS Women’s Swimming and Diving Team coached by Chris Driwinga.
Each year NISCA and performance swimwear company Speedo USA honor the nation’s top 100 high school women divers and top 100 high school men divers. To be eligible, women divers must achieve a minimum score of at least 375.00 points during an eleven-dive sanctioned interscholastic championship format meet. In her junior year during such a meet, Jennifer broke her previous record to set, once again, an all-time New York State Public High School Athletic Association Section One record, scoring 533.45 points to become the 2017 Section One gold medalist and champion for the third consecutive year. The victory earned her a trip to the New York State Diving Championships where she finished fourth in the State.
Additionally, Jennifer is a six-time AAU Diving and YMCA Diving National Champion who has competed on the ten-meter platform, the three-meter springboard, and the one-meter springboard in the USA Diving National Championships six times (and already is pre-qualified for a seventh appearance later this year in Atlanta), the USA Diving Synchronized Diving National Championships three times, and in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Final Qualification Event. She also is a USA Diving 2018 Junior World Trials Qualifier. She has competed as a diver for Pelham Memorial High School since the seventh grade and has made it to the New York State Diving Championships five consecutive years, qualifying for the finals of those championships every year. She likewise has been named to the Section One All-Section Swimming and Diving Team all five years.
Jennifer has committed to dive for the University of Virginia Women’s Swimming and Diving Team beginning in the fall of 2019. She trains daily with High Dive Champions at the diving training facility at SUNY-Purchase College in Purchase, New York. Her coaches include Michael Darland (a former University of Michigan diver), Sergey Meshcherskiy (a former member of the Russian National Team and five-time Russian National Champion on one-meter, three-meter, and platform), and Dick Kimball (five-time U.S. Olympic Diving Team coach and former head diving coach at the University of Michigan).