Klock Tops Leader Board at Diving Finals

Amanda Young, Staff Writer

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Sophomore Hailey Tang finished in 2nd place at the Diablo Athletic League (DAL) Diving Finals at Acalanes High School on May 5. Miramonte senior Brenna Cetrone won the girls’ varsity competition.

Sophomore Josiah Klock had the highest score on the boys’ side with a 431.80.

Sophomores Kelly Robles, Madeline Landau and junior Michaela Ricker, after spending much of the season on the junior varsity squad, moved up to varsity for the league championships. JV competition requires 6 dives, while varsity divers must compete 11 dives.

“It was really stressful since it was my first time diving with varsity and I was very nervous,” said Landau. “But it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed getting to go back with this team since we didn’t practice together this year but last year we did. They were all so nice, super supportive, even though we had no idea what we were really doing. I’d say it was pretty successful even though I didn’t do that well.”

The DAL Finals were the last chance for divers to qualify for the North Coast Section (NCS) Championships that will take place on May 10. Klock, who had previously qualified, will be joined by Tang and freshman Daniel Zabronsky, who both earned NCS automatic qualifying scores at the meet.

Junior Emma Smith is on the bubble for NCS qualification with a score of 303.35. Ricker, with a score of 299.25, may also advance.

Campolindo divers, who comprised most of the JV field, took the top 3 spots in the division. Sophomores Piper Eglin and Helana Devine placed 2nd and 3rd, with scores of 118.75 and 114.05, respectively.

“I think everyone did really well,” said head coach Will Haynes. “I mean, there’s obviously room for improvement- nobody’s perfect, that’s why you don’t see any 10s- so there’s always little minor tweaks. I think for the most part, everyone had a good day. A few kids were sick, so that kind of put a damper on it. But overall, really good.”

“It was a good meet,” Tang agreed. “Lots of high scores and positive energy.”

Despite “lots of big eats,” said Zabronsky, the meet was fun for everyone.

“I’d like to see a little more consistency on some of the dives for the kids that qualified; there were a few shaky dives that we want to get a little more practice on, but honestly, overall, the NCS qualifiers are all really prepared. I think we’ll be good,” Haynes said.

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