Trojan boys divers go 1-2-3 at districts
For the second straight season, the only District 11 boys divers heading to states are from Parkland. Senior Josh Anderson and freshmen Jon Hansell and Chris Lehman finished first, second and third, respectively, in last weekend's District 11 Diving Championships. The trio repeated what Anderson, Jacob Lenhart and Mitchell Keller did at last year's district meet.
Meanwhile, Maddy Hain finished second on the girls side and will make her second trip to states, although she'll have to do it without a Parkland teammate by her side. Easton's Kelsey Jehl won the competition and Emmaus' Anna Overholts finished third to wrap up the District 11 contingent that will head to Bucknell University March 12-14 for states.
"I think I'll be less nervous," said Hain of her second trip. "Last year I was really nervous even though I had my teammate [Amanda Zerphy] and she was amazing. This year, I think I'll be more confident."
Anderson took the lead right from his first dive, but his teammates had to fight through the early rounds to break into the top three spots. Dieruff's Kris Foulds started strong and was in second after the first round of dives until Emmaus' Matt Bussiere bumped Foulds down to third. Eventually, the two Parkland freshmen shook off some nerves and heated up. After the fifth round, Anderson, Hansell and Lehman were first, second and third and stayed in those spots the rest of the way through the 11 dive meet.
"It was pretty much almost mandatory that if you didn't get off to a good start, you were going to have a bad meet," said Anderson. "The fact that I did well on my first five dives really helped. After the LVC Championships, I felt pretty confident that we were going to go one-two-three. I got a little scared at the beginning, but we got it back and I'm happy that it happened again."
At states last season, Anderson, who will leave to join the Air Force in August, was eliminated in the first round, but joked that he's planning on going further this time. Hansell and Lehman not only give Parkland three divers to compete next month at Bucknell University, but also give the Parkland program two young divers to continue to build around for next season.
"I'm happy with how things went, especially with my one flip - the rattle-flip - went really well for me and I was happy with that," said Hansell of his first time diving in a district meet.
While Hain admitted to being nervous on her first trip to states last season, Hansell admitted that he'll likely have some nerves as well when he makes the trip, but that he's just going to focus on having fun and taking in the experience.
The four divers will have a couple weeks to prepare for states and Hain figures on putting in as much work as she can for the competition. Even before the boys took to the diving boards, an excited Hain was already planning on having company for the trip to Bucknell.
"I'm going to practice really hard with the rest of my teammates that will make it and I'm just going to try to nail every dive," said Hain.