Topsail High School diver advances to regional meet

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

The sessions usually start on a harnessed trampoline that allows Black to simulate the diving fundamentals suspended in air, but most of their two hours is spent on the board.

“Now I’m just cleaning everything up,” Black said.

At the region meet, Black will have to perform 11 different dives for two judges. The top eight scorers will advance to the state meet. Divers are disqualified if they fail to complete more than one of their dives. Black’s main goal is to make it through her complete list.

Points earned in diving go toward the total team score, so adding divers would be a way for local squads to be more competitive at the region and state level. The top divers have traditionally come from the Raleigh and Charlotte areas, where there are well-established clubs.

“Those points count,” said Hoggard coach Tammy Pruden, whose teams have combined for 27 Mideastern Conference titles in the past 15 years. “The schools that don’t have diving are definitely held back a little bit when it comes to regionals and states.”

Black hopes the scene at the Mideastern Conference championships will encourage others to join her. Despite the pressure, she recorded her personal best score for the six-dive set.

Afterward, several swimmers from other teams asked how to get started in the sport. Black plans to stick with it next season and would be glad for company at her practices.

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