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For hometown diver, it's Brandon before Beijing

Tampa Prep graduate Chris Colwill dives at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia, last year.

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Tampa Prep graduate Chris Colwill dives at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia, last year.

BRANDON — Chris Colwill started his diving career at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center when he was 5 years old.

Now he's going for the gold, but not before he comes to visit fans at his old stomping grounds.

He'll appear Saturday at the Aquatic Center.

Colwill, 23, a graduate of Tampa Prep and the University of Georgia, recently qualified for the 12-member U.S. diving team in the 3-meter and 3-meter synchronized events. He'll compete at the Olympics next month in Beijing.

"I knew my chances were good," Colwill said after finding out he qualified. "I think it'll take a couple of days to sink in."

Now that it has been "a couple of days," Colwill is ready to meet and greet hometown fans. He'll have a diving exhibition at noon Saturday at the aquatic center, 405 Beverly Blvd.

A deckside reception follows the exhibition.

"We at BSAC are so very proud of Chris and all his accomplishments," center spokeswoman Lori Bukaweski said. "It is an honor to watch this young man who grew up on our pool deck become such a big part of Olympic history."

Call 689-0908 for more information.

For hometown diver, it's Brandon before Beijing 07/17/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 4:09pm]
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