“Splash” makes a splash on ABC

Splash is a new series on ABC set to premiere on March 19. Splash is a show featuring a challenge for modern celebrities to try and master diving, a very difficult task. The celebrities to compete on Splash are: Basketball great and Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Louie Anderson, an Emmy award winning comedian; Drake Bell from the popular children’s show on Nickelodeon, Drake & Josh; Rory Bushfield, and extreme skier from Calgary; Alberta, Chuy Bravo, from Chelsea Latelyon E!; Nicole Eggert, a former miss universe winner; Keshia Knight-Pulliam, a member of the cast of Sesame Street, the Cosby Show, and House of Payne; Ndamukong Suh, an NFL Rookie of theYear and Pro-Bowl starter; Katherine Webb, mostly known as A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend; and Kendra Wilkinson from The Girls Next Door on E!. The purpose of this show is to challenge celebrities and also show how hard it is to master the art of diving, with an entertainment value to the viewers. These celebrities will train and compete in a regulation platform and springboard as they take a 10-meter leap while doing synchronized stunts, such as flips, twists, and spins, into an Olympic sized pool. Gold medal diving legend, Greg Louganis, will train each of these 10 athletes. Each of these individual dives will be judged by an actual London Olympic Gold Medalist, David Boudia, an Australian Olympic diver, and USA Dive Team director, Steve Foley. At Seton, Senior Mo Carolin competes on the diving team. Mo made it to regionals and placed 16th this year. Mo said it takes years to train for diving in general, let alone synchronized diving. “Synchronized is so much harder because you have to know the other person and be able to move as one with them for it to look decent,” she said. I asked Mo what it’s like the first time stepping up on the high platform, and if it was intimidating. Mo replied, “It is so intimidating stepping up there the first time. It is so high and after smacking on the three meter… I couldn’t imagine smacking on the 10 meter.” Mo feels that these contestants will not be very successful, because people greatly underestimate the sport of diving. “It’s very mental and it’s actually pretty hard”. Mo’s dives of choice are the back dives or inward one and a halves. My last question for this experienced diver was if she felt the athletes had the upper hand. Mo told me she thinks it depends on which kind of athlete they are. “Gymnasts definitely are at an advantage, but diving is such a different kind of sport.” For some new entertainment on Tuesday nights, tune into ABC at 7p.m. Watch stars such as Kareem, Ndamukong Suh, Drake Bell, and the stunning Katherine Webb hurl themselves into the pool below from great heights – a sight many would like to see Katherine Webb associated with.