Dunnichay tried to dive through pain in 2011, and it ultimately cost her a chance to compete at the 2012 Olympics in London. And while Big Ten and NCAA titles remain a major goal, the end game has always been the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil.
Not being a part of Team USA has been tough to digest. Because of her shoulder, Dunnichay hasn’t competed in international competition since the 2011 FINA World Championships.
She’s kept USA Diving appraised of her medical status, but it hasn’t made her absence any easier.
“I feel out of the loop because I haven’t competed internationally in awhile,” she said. “But I have to take care of myself before I get where I want to be.”
Medically, Dunnichay is getting there.
She said her shoulder is stronger and has better movement than it has in two years. She’ll do everything she can to score points for Purdue next season, but she’s not going to mortgage her long-term future.
“Having (diving) taken away from me, it’s really got me excited and anxious (to return),” she said. “It means a lot to me. I love to be up there doing 10-meter. But I don’t know if I’m going to be at that level this year because I’m being smart and trying to take it slow. In the end, (10-meter) is the goal. But who knows?”