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Laguna resident earns bronze at nationals

Laguna Beach’s Liv Mitchell earned the bronze medal for her 3-meter dive at the 2009 AAU Diving National Championships, held at Indiana University from July 25-29.

Mitchell, representing Crown Valley Divers, competed in the 9-and-under age group for the 1- and 3-meter events. She placed third in the 3-meter with her score of 107.25. In the final round of the 1-meter, she injured her Achilles by hitting the board on her second dive. But Mitchell, 9, was still able to finish the meet after completing her next dive, a reverse dive tuck. She placed eighth, with a score of 81.20.

There were 262 athletes competing in 561 events at the meet, a Junior Olympic-level competition.

Mitchell, competing in her first national level event, practiced twice a day this summer to prepare. She made the Junior Olympic level in early June and it was her third Junior Olympic competition.

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She was accompanied by her coaches at Crown Valley Diving, Rich and Ila Wilson.

"” Matt Szabo



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