Seven local divers are preparing to compete in the USA Diving Winter National Championships next week in Indianapolis, and two of them hope the event takes them one step closer to the Olympic Games.

Seven local divers are preparing to compete in the USA Diving Winter National Championships next week in Indianapolis, and two of them hope the event takes them one step closer to the Olympic Games.

Olentangy Liberty High School graduates Olivia Ball and Alexandra Clay, Bexley graduate Murphy Bromberg, New Albany graduate David Dinsmore, Upper Arlington graduate Abby Johnston, Worthington Kilbourne graduate Rachel Rubadue and current Liberty senior Cameron Thatcher will participate in the national meet from Dec. 15-20.

While Bromberg, Dinsmore, Johnston, Rubadue and Thatcher already have qualified for the Olympic Trials in at least one event, Ball and Clay hope their performances next week will be enough. The national championships are a qualifying meet for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held June 18-26 in Indianapolis.

The Olympic Games will be from Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.

In Indianapolis, Ball will compete in 3-meter diving.

Bromberg and Dinsmore will compete in 10-meter and synchronized 10-meter, Clay and Johnston will be in 3-meter and synchronized 3-meter, Rubadue will compete in 10-meter and Thatcher will be in synchronized 3-meter.

Ball currently dives for the University of Georgia. Bromberg is at Texas, Clay dives for Stanford - with which Thatcher signed in November - Dinsmore competes for the University of Miami, Johnston dives for Duke and Rubadue competes for Tennessee.

The top team in each synchronized event, and the top two individuals per event, will advance to the FINA Diving World Cup, which will be held Feb. 19-24 in Rio de Janeiro.