The University of Connecticut divers are enjoying a new state-of-the-art video-TiVo playback system -- thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Bruce Silverstein. Dr. Silverstein’s daughter, Rachel, is a 2008 UConn graduate and was a valuable member of the diving program for four years. She is now in a course of study at the University of California-Berkeley.
The system includes two independent playback units, one on each side of the diving boards, made up of 32-inch flat screens televisions, two TiVo units and infrared cameras. The system is allows for a 30-60 second delay so that after an athlete executes a dive and comes to the surface, they have time to hear a coach’s feedback and then go to the screen and watch the skill with a critical eye.
“The technology has enhanced training methods immensely in shaping a diver’s vision to identify areas in need of work as compared with a model,” said UConn diving coach John Bransfield. “While TiVo technology has been around for nearly 10 years, there are very few schools in the Northeast that can boast having the elaborate system the UConn divers now enjoy. We are truly fortunate for Dr. Silverstein’s generosity -- he makes us look good!”
The divers on the team are enjoying the gift as much as the coach.
“The system helps me put a picture to Coach Bransfield’s critique,” says senior captain Liza Marianni. “For example, we use it to compare start positions between different dives. The video shows good and bad techniques that you may not be able to feel while in action”
“The new video system helps you look at your dive from a different perspective,” says sophomore Adam Genuario. “It allows you to correct yourself by showing you the wrongs, and satisfies you when you do the dives right."