15 / DIVER /The Woodlands, Texas
Achievements: A 5'4" sophomore at The Woodlands High, Kassidy is a three-time junior national and three-time junior Pan American individual champion on both the one- and three-meter boards. She also won the three-meter synchronized event at the 2009 AT&T Nationals, with Loren Figueroa.
First Steps: Kassidy grew up watching three older sisters dive. When she won her first individual title, a coach told her she was the best six-year-old diver in the country. "She asked, 'What about the world?'" says Kassidy's mother, Laura. "He told her that the Chinese had a really good diving program. That night I put her to bed and she asked, 'Do you think the Chinese are still training?'"
Evokes: Former Olympian and 28-time national champion Cynthia Potter. "Cynthia was the same package," says Kenny Armstrong, one of Kassidy's coaches. "Kassidy's got this little body, but she's unbelievably powerful."
August 1, 2010
Coach's Comment: "She does a lot of big dives for a young girl," says Bob Gunter, Kassidy's head coach. "She's doing the same list [of dives] as the last Olympic three-meter champion."
What's Next: Kassidy has already been named to the preliminary squad for the 2012 Olympics. Meanwhile she'll continue diving for The Woodlands, for which she won a state championship on the one-meter board in February.