New Albany High School senior David Dinsmore and his diving coach, John Appleman, spent more than two weeks in Shanghai, China, in July for the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Cup.
Dinsmore finished 17th (381.2 points) in 10-meter diving, continuing a year highlighted by solid performances in international competition.
Had this been 2016 instead of 2014, Appleman believes he and Dinsmore would have been in Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics.
"If this is two years from now, he's in the Olympics," said Appleman, who coaches Dinsmore with the Ohio State Diving Club. "It was the same kind of competition. Realistically, I think he's one of four or five kids his age in the country who has a chance to get (to the Olympics). Don't get me wrong, it'll take a lot of hard work still, but he has a chance."
Earlier this year, Dinsmore was fourth in the FINA Grand Prix Puerto Rico (374.7) and sixth in the FINA Grand Prix Mexico (408.45). Also in Mexico, he was third in synchronized diving with Purdue University signee Steele Johnson (398.82).
Still, Dinsmore didn't pretend he knew what to expect in Shanghai, where he visited from July 6-21. He said his best dives were an arm stand double 2.5 twist and what he called a "strong" back 3.5 tuck in the preliminary round.
"I tried to go in without any expectations," he said. "I had to be relaxed. That's much easier said than done, especially if you miss a dive. I had a solid day in my preliminaries, and that helped."
Appleman, who came to Ohio State in November, said Dinsmore's performance was the result of painstaking work stretching back several years.
"He has one of the best entries (into the water) in the world," Appleman said. "Judges look for that no-splash entry, and David has a knack of getting in straight up and down and impressing the judges. David works hard, and when he picks up dives, he does very, very well."
Also competing in Shanghai were Samantha Bromberg, a Bexley graduate who currently competes at Texas, and Upper Arlington graduate Abby Johnston, who dived at Duke.
Bromberg and Johnson were fourth (367.9) in mixed diving, and Bromberg was 15th (311.85) in women's 10-meter platform.
Johnston and Laura Ryan were 14th (262.5) in 3-meter synchronized springboard.
Dinsmore's immediate future includes surgery to repair the fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist Wednesday, Aug. 13, on the heels of competing in the 2014 USA Diving Junior National Championships that began Aug. 4 and conclude Saturday, Aug. 9, in Knoxville, Tenn. He hopes to recover in time for the 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships, which will be held from Dec. 16-21 at Ohio State.
That scenario leaves Dinsmore unsure whether he will participate in this winter's high school season. Last year, his participation in the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Austin, Texas, left him ineligible to compete for New Albany until January, and he went on to finish third (547) in the Division I state meet.
In Austin, Dinsmore won the boys 10-meter platform championship and teamed with Johnson for the synchronized 10-meter title.
"I want to make sure I'm fully healthy for nationals," said Dinsmore, who also is serving as one of six USA Diving athlete representatives for 2014-15. "We'll see what happens after that."