Parkites take first, third in state diving tourney |

Parkites take first, third in state diving tourney

David Hampshire

Haley Ehlers, a junior at Park City High School (PCHS), was the top female diver at the state diving meet held Thursday, Feb. 11, at Brigham Young University.

Ehlers completed 11 dives from the one-meter springboard to finish with 310.50 points, edging Annie Dewall of Alta (301.25). Kaitlin Owens, a PCHS sophomore, finished third with 269.50 points.

Although diving is technically a sanctioned high school sport, Ehlers and Owens train with Gene McIntyre, Salt Lake Aquatic Club coach, in Park City and Salt Lake City.

Until the end of her ninth-grade year, Ehlers was a gymnast at Black Diamond Gymnastics. At that point, she said, she started looking for another sport and settled on diving.

Last year, as a PCHS sophomore, she finished eighth at the state meet. But this year she was among the favorites. "I was expected to win, just because I had harder dives than everyone else this year," she said.

Among her dives this year was one she hadn’t tried in competition. "I attempted a ‘double-back’ because I found out my degree of difficulty (without that dive) was .5 off from (qualifying to be) an All-American," she said.

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Also finishing in the top 10 at the state meet was Rebeka Gerlach of South Summit High School (SSHS), who finshed eighth with a score of 236.85.

The winner of the boys’ meet was Nathan Makarawicz of West High School with 424.90 points. Also in the top 10 were three SSHS divers: Randon Singer, eighth with 243.95 points; Corey Moore-Brunson, ninth with 239.50 points; and Joshua Maw, 10th with 211.75 points.