Mosca wrapped up his first appearance at the Olympic Team Trials by placing sixth in the three-meter synchro.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Mike Mosca, a rising sophomore on the men's swimming and diving team, placed sixth in the three-meter synchronized diving competition at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials – Diving and later spoke at the inaugural USA Diving Rings of Honor Induction Ceremony.
Mosca and his partner, Toby Stanley from Conway, Ark., sat in sixth place with a score of 703.56 through the preliminary and semifinal rounds on Monday with the top eight teams advancing to Friday night's finals. The duo posted a score of 339.21 in the finals to finish sixth overall with a total score of 1,042.77. The winning team of Kristen Ipsen and Troy Dumais (1,296.21) will represent the US at the London Olympics.
Mosca also advanced to the semifinals of the three-meter individual competition earlier in the week, and finished in 18th place with a score of 636.05 points. For complete results from the trials, click here.
On Saturday, Mosca spoke at the inaugural USA Diving Rings of Honor Induction Ceremony about the many learning disabilities he overcame as a child on his path to Harvard. In this editorial piece published by The Crimson in December, Mosca describes the challenges of his youth:
"Although I have become a decent diver, I didn't win—or even place—in my first U.S. diving competition; in fact, I had the dubious distinction of coming in dead last. Unlike my classmates and teammates who may have spent much of their youth trying to stand out, I spent most of mine trying to fit in. An inventory of accomplishments is not what garnered me a coveted spot at Harvard or the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in diving. Quite the opposite, a lengthy list of failures paved my way." CONTINUE READING
Despite those adversities, Mosca enjoyed a successful freshman year in Cambridge which included winning the Ivy League Championship on the one meter, placing second on the three meter, and setting new school records on both boards.
In its inaugural year, the USA Diving Rings of Honor was created to honor those who have achieved excellence and contributed to the success and notoriety of the sport of diving. The USA Diving Rings of Honor committee selected six individuals for the inaugural class; Dr. Sammy Lee (Lifetime Achievement Award), Greg Louganis (USA Diving Legend), Pat McCormick (USA Diving Legend), Hobie Billingsley (Distinguished Coach), Lyle Draves (Distinguished Coach) and Jan Rude (Honor Contributor).