Ridgewood Pool is very pleased and honored to be hosting the 2019 All-City Diving Championship. We
hope every diver seizes the opportunity to demonstrate their diving skills to their highest potential
and we wish every diver the best of luck and a fun meet. We aspire to make this week a celebration
of the sport of diving, recognizing both the physical and mental aspects of the sport, and the equally
important lifelong lessons from diving that make divers better contributors to the community.
Located in the serene Orchard Ridge neighborhood on Madison’s West Side, Ridgewood Pool offers a separate diving well nestled among the trees. We are thrilled to offer newly installed boards for this summer’s meet. Ridgewood Pool was built in 1958 and was one of the five original pools that formed the All-City Swim and Dive League in 1962.
Diving is a sport that embodies athleticism, agility, concentration, elegance, and a healthy dose of courage. According to the USA Diving Association, diving embodies three Gs: guts, grace, and glory. We look forward to welcoming youth athletes from thirteen area pools ranging in age from five to 18 to compete at the All-City Dive Championship Meet. We anticipate approximately 315 divers doing a total of nearly 1,400 dives!
For the first time in the event’s history, Ridgewood is proud to live-stream the All-City Dive Meet, so friends and family from around the country can view this year’s competition. In another first, Ridgewood Pool is excited to initiate the recognition of outstanding student athletes through the awarding of five Sportsmanship Awards at this year’s meet. Coaches nominated divers who embody the “Guts, Grace, and Glory” that define diving. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the transferable character traits developed in the dive well, including respect, patience, perseverance, compassion, and creativity. These skills attract, engage, inspire athletes, and develop future community leaders.
23 graduating seniors from eight pools will be recognized on July 30th for their participation in the AllCity Dive League. Collectively these seniors have 150 years of All-City diving experience. For some this year is their first year trying diving, while others have been a part of the program for over a decade and up to 14 years! As these young adults enter the next phase of their lives, we hope they hold warm memories of their diving years close to their hearts.
Throughout the meet you will find results and other information posted to the website, and you may also follow the meet on Facebook: https://dive.ridgewoodallcity.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/allcitydive/.
Thank you to the Madison Water Utility for providing the Water Wagon at All-City dive this year! The Water Wagon serves up clean, cool, refreshing Madison water at community events across the city during the warm weather months. It also serves as Madison Water Utility’s primary in-person outreach initiative, focused on opening dialogues with customers about conservation, sustainability and source water protection. Keep your water bottle handy! Read more at https://www.cityofmadison.
We sincerely thank all our sponsors and donors for their generous support of the event. Without their support this meet simply would not be possible. Additionally, we thank the coaches for teaching and guiding the divers. It is worth noting that over 75% of this year’s coaches are former All-City Dive League participants themselves. We recognize with gratitude family members for supporting and encouraging their divers. Lastly, we thank the planning committee and volunteers who have dedicated time, passion, and talents to make this year’s event a success. Good luck, divers, and have fun!
With Respect and Gratitude, Terry Ritter, Meet Director