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Indiana University diver Kristen Hayden becomes first black woman to win national senior title

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History was made this week when divers Kristen Hayden became the first black woman to win the US national senior title.

According to Team USA, Hayden and her Indiana University diving team Quinn Henninger win synchronized 3m medley pedals on Monday at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in their first competition. With that achievement, Hayden became the first black woman to win the National Senior title.

“Quinn and I did a great job, we came with an open mind,” says Hayden. “We just want to have fun. Of course, we wanted to form a group but this was also our first time doing a sync together and we just wanted to dive as well as we could. ”

The win also made her the first Black American Diver to qualify for the FINA World Championships. Hayden joins Mike Wright, the first Black National Champion in 2012 on the 1-Meter Gauge, in the history books.

“I don’t think words can even describe the feeling,” she said after the win. “You read about such people, you see Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, but being yourself is crazy. I think the whole diving community is on the right track and I just want to be a good example to young black Americans or any other minority really for diving in America.”

USA Diving also recorded a historic achievement.

“💥History Made💥 @krishayden just became the FIRST Black Women’s National Champion of the U.S. Diving Team and the FIRST Black U.S. Diver to qualify. @ Finance1908 World Championship. We are so proud of Kristen and her sync partner @ quinn.henninger

The 23-year-old Hayden is also a founding member of the American Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Hayden will also compete in the Women’s 3-meter Synchro with Margo O’Meara. She is also competing solo in the Individual 1 meter and 3 meter Events. .

https://www.blackenterprise.com/kristen-hayden-becomes-first-black-woman-to-win-national-diving-title/ Indiana University diver Kristen Hayden becomes first black woman to win national senior title

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