Senior Krysta Palmer has been named to USA Diving’s AT&T High Performance Squad for 2016. Palmer is one of 14 women and one of 26 overall to be named to the team, which features the country’s top Olympic hopefuls.
According to USA Diving, the AT&T High Performance Squad includes divers who “most exhibit the potential, skill and determination to become 2016 Olympic Team members”. Selection to the squad has been a pipeline to the Olympics as all 11 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team were members of the high performance team. Pending U.S. qualification, a maximum of 16 divers will compete for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Palmer – the reigning Mountain West Diver of the Year – placed eighth on platform at the 2015 USA Diving Winter National Championships in December, earning a spot on the national team. The Carson City native has already qualified to the Olympic Trials this summer, where she will attempt to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
This season, Palmer holds all three of the MW’s top diving scores. Palmer currently holds three program records and three conference records. Palmer is a returning All-American and two-time All-MW honoree.
Palmer and the Wolf Pack will compete at the 2016 Mountain West Championships this week, Feb. 17-20, at the Texas A&M Natatorium in College Station, Texas. Nevada, who posted a 10-0 dual record in the regular season, was selected as the pre-meet co-favorites in the Pre-Championship Coaches’ Poll.