WCHS dive team impresses in first meet
The Woodford County High School dive team won their first meet of the season on Wednesday Nov. 15 at Falling Springs. The Jackets defeated Boyle County on both the boys and girls side of the competition.
“I was really impressed with our kids tonight,” said Coach Patty Burchett. “We featured many new divers out here tonight and they shook off the jitters and competed hard. Being first timers means there were times where they were wondering if they were in the right spot on the board or if they were going to attempt the correct dive. These are all normal first time reactions and I think they handled themselves wonderfully.”
In the girls' varsity meet, senior Chelsea Call was poised and performed well for the Jackets. Call went out and scored very well on all six of her dives for the meet finishing as top scorer with a total score of 197.60. Woodford swept the top three in the contest with Caitlin Cottingham finishing second in scoring with 161.10. Ingrid Brinegar came in third with a 140.50. Jillian Elmore finished sixth with a score of 108.10.
“I think it went really well for the first meet,” said Call. “When you get on that board and get ready to dive, it's scary but calming at the same time. You have to lock yourself into a mode that allows you to focus and make the dive. It's a great team environment and we all cheer hard for one another and want to get better every time we get a chance to compete.”
In the boys' meet, sophomore Wade Young was explosive for the Jackets scoring a first place finish with a 223.05. Young, who has earned a spot in the state championship each of the past three seasons is looking forward to growing as a diver and had a big smile on his face when his scores were announced.
“I feel amazing right now,” said Young. “I beat my personal best and I couldn't be happier right now. Most of these competitions are mind games and if you mess up on a dive, you have to come right back and focus on the dive at hand and make the most of the opportunity. I am shooting for a triple flip this season and I would really like to nail a back one and a half. Those dives are tops on my list right now.
Sophomore William Slover finished second in the meet with an impressive score of 217.70. Slover ranked first in three separate dives over the course of the meet. Drew Richie finished fourth with a score of 157.00. 7th grader Dylan Hardee finished sixth with a score of 145.65. Other scores were Logan Green seventh (143.60), Caleb Evans eighth (142.15), Jack Shea 10th (118.85) and Kai Shea 11th (113.75).
“I think we did a good job for our first meet,” said Hardee. “It's pretty scary up there when you are about to dive but it gets easier. I personally try to get a perfect score every time I dive but it's not that easy. It's a fun team to be a part of and I am excited for the next meet.”
Burchett's team looks poised to have a successful run this year as the season continues following Thanksgiving break.
“There's a lot of excitement within this group,” said Burchett. Now that they have survived their first meet together, they will feel more confident and relaxed when they compete again. It's going to be a fun season with this team.”