The Monroe-Woodbury Varsity Diving Team has been on a hot streak for the past month. The Crusaders won at an invitational on Friday, January 31 at which 24 divers competed. They then continued this trend by receiving 1st place at counties, on Thursday, February 6th.
Caleb Kimbrell, junior, has had some tough times swimming in the past.
“The last two years at the Dive Carnival I’ve had terrible meets. One year I got disqualified for hitting the board and failing two other dives and the other I placed 6th for over twisting on one of my dives costing our team the victory.” But he wanted to make up for his past: “So this year I went into this with the mindset that I was going to do really well.” He accomplished his goal by placing 2nd in the Invitational and the same at Counties.
Sean Kirk, junior, placed eighth at the invitational and fourth at counties. “I’m glad that we collectively scored up enough team points to win the Invitational and Counties, which was our main goal, but it would have been nice to hit a couple dives a bit better,” stated Kirk. With his perseverance and hard work, he was able to qualify for states at the most recent meet.
Omer Mosker, sophomore, didn’t place at the invitational, but was able to place tenth at counties.
“Both meets went very well, with many ups and downs, but we managed to pull through and get a 1st place plaque both times which is spectacular,” said Mosker. Even though he didn’t make it this time, he still has a dream of making it to states. “Hopefully I can get enough points to join the rest of my teammates in Long Island.”
“I’m proud of the diving team. This is our fourth year in a row, I’m so glad I can call on my teammates,” said junior Taha Malik.
Next, they will be competing on February 21st at Sections in Valley Central.