Two Dwight Global students, Kaylee Bishop and Avery Worobel, competed together in the synchronized diving event at the U.S. Olympic trials.
The trials, held June 10 in Indianapolis, determined which synchronized dive team would compete in this summer’s Olympics. Kaylee and Avery didn’t make the cut but say they didn’t expect to. Kaylee, 14, was the youngest diver in the event, and at 15 Avery was second youngest. They entered the trials more for the experience than for the win, and now aim to qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics, when they'll be older and more experienced.
“It was amazing that we qualified for the Olympic trials, and it was an amazing experience,” says Avery, a freshman at Dwight Global. “Next time — in the 2024 trials — we will do it for real.”
Both Kaylee and Avery say they are grateful to Dwight Global, which gives them the flexibility they need to pursue their Olympic dreams. They train six hours a day, so having online classes spread out over the week allows them to practice diving in between and after classes.
“My teachers as well as my dean are very accommodating of my training schedule,” says Kaylee, an 8th grader who lives in Boca Raton, Florida. “My parents had a hard time finding a school that offered a strong education and a flexible schedule. Dwight Global has been that for me.”
Both girls are also highly accomplished individual divers. In springboard diving, Avery holds six national titles and five Junior Pan-American gold medals. She also has an Olympiad in her family. Her maternal grandfather, Witold Woyda, was a four-time Olympic medalist in fencing for Poland. Kaylee is a platform diver who in 2019 won a senior Canadian tower competition. She also won a bronze medal at Cano for the 1-meter dive, and another bronze at the British Elites competition.
The two are also longtime friends. They met in a pool when they were both seven years old. At the time, their families lived outside of Boston, and the girls belonged to South Shore Diving Club in Duxbury, Mass. Avery’s family later moved to Woodlands, Texas, and Kaylee’s to Boca Raton, Florida, but they saw each other at dive competitions. Last year, after a competition, they decided to form a synchronized diving team and aim for the Olympic trials. They took turns visiting each other in their respective states, practicing together for weeks at a time. They reached their goal — qualifying for the trials and will continue to train as a synchronized team for the 2024 Olympics.
Both are pursuing dreams inside and outside of the classroom. In the fall, Kaylee will be a freshman at Dwight’s Global. Her favorite subject is U.S. History, but she’s not sure what she’ll study in college. After high school she hopes to attend a top college that also has a top dive team. She believes that being a student at Dwight Global, an internationally recognized school, will help her reach her goal. “For sure, Dwight Global will help me get into a good college,” says Kaylee, who also wants to work as a diving instructor.
At 14, she has time to qualify for the next three summer Olympics through 2032, and though reaching the Olympics is her dream, it’s not her obsession.
“Yes, I want it badly and I’m working hard toward it,” says Kaylee. “But it’s not all I want in my life. I love the sport, the training process, and my team. I’ll be happy if I achieve to the best of my ability.”
Avery, who will be a sophomore in September, also plans to attend a top college with a dive team. She likes the sciences—her favorite subject is biology—and also praises Dwight Global for offering rigorous academics and flexible schedules. The teachers at Dwight at are “so accommodating, that’s the main thing for me,” Avery says.
“Because of Dwight’s flexibility, I can reach my full potential as a diver while still getting great academics,” she adds. “My teachers always tell me how proud they are of me, on a personal level, which inspires me and makes me work harder. They share in the joy of my accomplishments.”
Avery’s Olympic dreams are also tempered by mature reflection. She will try as hard as she can to qualify for the Olympics, she says, but if she doesn’t make it, she’ll still be content.
“Diving teams have always been like family to me and I enjoy training hard,” adds Avery. “In the end, I think all the hard work will pay off. Making the Olympics will always be a dream of mine, but the accomplishments I already have are a cool enough story for me.”