Topsail High School diver advances to regional meet

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 03:31 PM.

As the club’s only high school competitor, Black works two days per week with coach Shana Dege. Last week, she added her final dive, an inward flip that requires her to start backward, facing the board.

“She’s really motivated,” said Dege, who dove at the University of New Hampshire. “She kind of has to be. She doesn’t really have anyone else to feed off of.”

Black had competed in a few high school diving competitions and even taken private lessons before her family relocated to Pender County.

Last winter, Black focused solely on swimming for the Pirates, but she jumped at the chance to get back on the board as a junior.

“I really did miss it,” Black said.

The only local indoor diving facility is at UNCW. Beau Bunn, the Seahawks’ coach, started the youth club last year with his son Jason, now 12, as the first diver. It has grown to include about 15 divers who compete year-round.

Because of NCAA recruiting rules, Bunn can’t coach high school athletes, so Dege took charge of Black’s training. When she restarted, Black was understandably rusty. They started with the basics and built her repertoire quickly.

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