Ladies and gentlemen... here is our next article from our excellent author... Jen Kula!
So you mean she starts diving as a freshman in college?My daughter dove in college after gymnastics was off the table after she blew out her knee , and 5 surgeries and 2 years of thrice weekly PT, it never was the same. She never dove until fall of her freshman year and only did the 1 meter that year....by her Sr year, she had set the school record in the 3 meter! And she now works as a part time diving coach so there's that....as a parent, I found diving to be WAY less stress at meets or maybe because I knew way less..
Generally very true about throwing! My daughter is actually relatively tall (at 5'9" very tall for a gymnast and average for throwers on her team) but she is probably 40 pounds lighter than her teammates. However, one of her high school throws coaches was a former gymnast who turned into a hammer thrower and was a 3x NCAA All-American (qualified for Olympic trials and everything) so you just never know.Throwing at higher levels is usually not the typical ex-gymnast go to as hopeful throwers have to be rather big (heavy) and tall (think 185cm or more).
We had a lot of success with transferring former gymnasts in olympic weightlifting (being small is a bonus there, since pulling up 100kg to 160cm is way easier than pulling to 180cm), weight classes in competition, so everybody fits in and gymnasts usually are very coachable and make corrections very fast, which is big bonus in such a technical sport).