Columbus Academy's Esther Lawrence and New Albany High School's Noah Duperre attribute their diving success at the prep level to the Ohio State Diving Club.
Both will showcase their talents during the 2017 USA Diving National Championships, which will be held at Ohio State beginning Saturday, July 29, and concluding Aug. 12.
The junior competition begins July 29 and continues through Aug. 5. The senior session starts Aug. 8.
About 600 divers, including 27 from the local club, are scheduled to compete. Divers will be competing for 30 individual national titles and the event will determine the U.S. team for the 2017 Junior Pan American Championships, which will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Victoria, British Columbia.
"This club has helped me to grow as a teammate, an athlete, a diver and a person," Lawrence said. "(Coach) John (Appleman) really emphasizes that. He says that he wants us to grow as athletes and as people. He has helped me with that."
Lawrence is preparing for her senior year and is a three-time Division II state qualifier for Academy. She scored 455.1 points to finish second last season after finishing fourth (450.65) as a sophomore and fourth (408.45) as a freshman.
Jordan Skilken, who is entering her junior year at Academy and also will compete at nationals for the area diving club, finished fourth (428.1) at state last season and second (459.75) as a freshman.
Lawrence is in her seventh year with the club and will be competing in her sixth nationals, having missed qualifying for the competition in only her first year.
"The thing about nationals is it's such a great experience every year," Lawrence said. "The city and the pool that it is at and the club that hosts the nationals really shape the atmosphere and what happens at the meet, so I'm really excited that it's here because we're fortunate to have a really nice pool and the facility really helps."
Duperre, who is entering his sophomore year at New Albany, finished second (506.25) in the Division I state meet last season.
Lawrence, Skilken and Duperre will compete in both the junior and senior divisions at nationals.
"It's nice to have it here because traveling can be exhausting sometimes and I'm used to the boards and the spotting at this pool, and I'm really excited to welcome everyone to Columbus," Duperre said.
Duperre competed in the 2015 Junior Pan American meet, and Appleman said Duperre, Jack Matthews (Olentangy Liberty) and Jordan Rzepka (New Albany) already have qualified for the 2017 event.
Divers qualified for nationals through competition in the USA Diving Region 5 Championships in April at Ohio State and the USA Diving Zone C Championships earlier this month in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Ohio State Diving Club won both overall titles, with seven divers from the club winning individual titles at the zone meet.
NBCSN will broadcast the women's 10-meter and men's 3-meter finals Aug. 11.
"We train all year long for this," Appleman said. "We train September through August, take two or three weeks off in August and then get back to it again."
Appleman, who is in his fourth year with the club, said the event not only will showcase his program on the national level, but it also will be beneficial for the city.
"(Ohio State has) a fantastic facility, especially this being the first time we're hosting the junior nationals, having all these kids from all across the country being able to see where we train on a daily basis," Appleman said. "I believe we have the best facility in the country, so it's neat to showcase that."