Andrew Harness

Background

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived there for 3 years before my family moved to California. After one year in Los Angles we moved to Orange County, CA.  I am the second oldest of six children and currently live with my family in Villa Park, CA.

Education

I am currently a Junior at Villa Park High School. 

Sports

I trained as a gymnast for 7 years, reaching level 8 on a Junior Olympic team.  By age 13, after a series of injuries, I made the decision to try diving. My first diving lesson was in the Summer of 2014.  I was instantly hooked.  The sport of diving provided a perfect transition from gymnastics. I like to say that I spent 7 years doing dry land in preparation for the pool.

Diving

I started diving with the Mission Viejo, Nadadores diving club in 2014.  I was a national finalist in the 14-15 boys platform event at USA Diving Nationals in 2015. I competed at the 2016 USA diving synchro nationals and took 8th place in both 14-18 boys 3m and 14-18 mixed 3 m.  I was the Zone F  Champion for 14-15 boys platform, 3 m and 1 m and a finalist in all events at USA Diving Nationals in 2016.  I qualified for 3 m seniors in 2016 and took 21st place.  In the spring of 2017 I made the decision to join the USC Trojan dive club in Los Angles. I took 2nd place in all events for 16-18 boys at the Zone F Finals in June 2017 and qualified for seniors in 3 m and 1 m.  At USA diving 2017 nationals I took 6th place on 16-18 boys platform.

Goals

I have been given the privilege of training under many wonderful coaches/mentors and have been lucky enough to dive alongside other amazing athletes.  I continue to train as hard as possible (6 days per week)  to compete at the highest level.  My goal is to improve everyday, stay focused, improve on the mental aspects diving, and enjoy every minute of my time doing the sport I love.

Hobbies

Living in Southern California has given me the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with my family and friends.  From surfing in Huntington Beach to skiing the steepest runs at Mammoth and Lake Tahoe, I love the opportunity to stay active. My favorite family memories have been spent exploring Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in Central California. I also like to relax by playing games that stimulate the mind, including chess and Rubix cube. When I have the chance I also like to relax at the beach with friends and learn new tricks on the skateboard or simply ride my bike.