Competing in his first NCAA Championships after redshirting his freshman year, Dinsmore outdueled Purdue sophomore and 2016 U.S. Olympian Steele Johnson, finishing with 528.20 points to Johnson’s 506.05.
“It was a legendary night for the Hurricanes. We’ve had a lot of great success over the years, but this ranks right up there with the guys he was up against, and in this pool, this is where the Olympic trials were,” head diving coach Randy Ableman said. “He got beat out by two points by Steele for a spot on the Olympic team...we’ve been talking about it and he knew he had to be bring his ‘A’ game tonight. There was no room for error. He brought it.”
The New Albany, Ohio native became the 13th diver from the University of Miami to win a national championship under Ableman, now in his 28th year at the helm of the program.
Dinsmore topped the field with 528.20 points, scoring 81 points or higher on all six of his dives. He clinched the title with 95.40 points on his final dive, a back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists. Purdue’s Johnson scored 506.05 points for second after winning 1-meter and 3-meter titles earlier in the week.
“I believe this is his highest score he has ever achieved,” Ableman said. “It took all of that to become a national champion. That makes all the sweeter to be pushed like that and to have that going on in this pool, and to be in that position again and to come through this time, it meant a lot to both of us.”