Peter “Crazy Pete” DiCroce (USA)
2011 Honor Diver
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 1992 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: bronze (1m, 3m, tower); 1994 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: bronze (1m, 3 m), 4th place (tower); 1994 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: gold (1m, 3m, tower); 1998 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: gold (1m, tower), silver (3m); 2002 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: gold (tower, team synchro), silver (1m, 3m); 2005 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: gold (1m, tower), silver (3m, synchro); 2009 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: gold (tower, 3m synchro), silver (1m), bronze (3m); 5 WORLD RECORDS; SINCE 1991 HE HAS COMPETED IN SIX AGE GROUPS: 45-49 thru 70-74; COMPETED IN 39 U.S. MASTERS NATIONAL DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS: 39 gold, 51 silver, 19 bronze medals (individual), five gold, five silver and two bronze (synchronized diving); five NATIONAL RECORDS IN SPRINGBOARD AND TOWER DIVING (INDIVIDUAL AND SYNCHRONIZED).
Pete DiCroce has been diving since 1953. At the age of 14, he began competing in the YMCA Nationals where he was winning gold medals in the one-meter competition.
Over the next six decades, Pete continued diving and has participated at the highest levels of Masters Diving in many different competitions across the globe. He has competed in six different age groups: 45-49 through 70-74. At the 1992 FINA Masters World Championships he won bronze medals in the one and three meter as well as the tower events. In the 1994 FINA Championships, he won the bronze again on the one and three meter, placing fourth in the tower. He has participated in the 1994, 1998, 2002, 2005 and 2009 World Masters Games, winning a total of eleven gold, six silver and one bronze medals.
DiCroce has five World Records and has competed in 39 U.S. Masters National Diving Championships, winning 39 gold, 51 silver and 19 bronze medals, individually. He also competed in synchronized diving at the Masters Nationals, winning five gold, five silver and two bronze medals.
Pete says he is motivated by his desire to continually challenge himself by including the most difficult dives in his competitive repertoire, while maintaining the highest degree of difficulty for his age group.
Anyone who knows Pete and his zest for life, would know he also enjoys comedy diving and was presented with the Comedy Diving Award at the 2000 Olympic Diving Festival. He has won the most Masters Comedy Diving competitions in the U.S., while also enjoying a nine year platform-winning streak in all competitions from 1995-2003.
Peter DiCroce has been an inspirational figure in the world of diving on a local, national and international level. He trains daily at his local pool in Plantation, Florida and encourages the youngsters that are just starting out in the sport of diving to love his sport.