Ten of the nation's best divers will gather in Annapolis today for the McDonald's Invitational at the U.S. Naval Academy's new $13.5 million Lejeune Hall swimmimg center.
World champion Greg Louganis of the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Nadadores will lead the male group that will also include 19-year-old Bruce Kimball from the University of Michigan, the U.S. outdoor platform-diving champion; NCAA champion Ron Merriott, also from Michigan, and 1980 Olympian Kevin Machner.
Kimball was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident in September 1981, and amazed fans last summer with victories in several prestigious national and international meets. He is the son of U.S. Olympic Coach Dick Kimball, who also coaches him at Michigan. His sister Vicki, 21, is another Michigan all-America diver and will also compete in Annapolis.
Megan Neyer of the University of Florida, the women's gold medal winner in the National Sports Festival and in the World Games this summer, will also be in the field. Wendy Weyland, considered to be the country's second-best woman diver and the reigning tower champion, was scheduled to compete but was forced to withdraw several days ago because of a shoulder injury.
The springboard competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the platform diving at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be free, with 1,000 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.