Carbon Divers Wins 3A Division Diving Championship
In any other high school sport in Utah this would be it; the final competition; the trophy would be awarded.
But in the world of diving in Utah, the real state champion is actually the only state champion.
In almost every other sport a trophy is given in each of the five divisions and there are five state champions. But in diving, there is one school that wins it; everyone from 3A to 5A must compete for it and that will come on Feb. 9 in Cedar City.
It is a championship that is usually held at the University of Utah, but due to the Olympics and the desire of the Utah High School Activities Association to get the kids, coaches and spectators away from SLOC's party the competition will be held at the Iron County site.
This past weekend however, was Carbons in the annuals of state high school girls diving. That's because they took what amounted to the state 3A championship by beating all the 3A and 5A schools at the qualifying meet.
Kimberly Snook took first place at the meet. Most of the girls in the meet had a tough time with the pressure that was put on them, but Snook was consistant in her dives and stayed on top the whole time.
"Many of the girls diving did not do as well as expected," said head diving coach Stewart Foster. "But Kim kept her consistency and that is what won if for her."
Teammate Mikaleen Loveless placed fourth overall in the 3A division and fifth overall in the combined 3A-5A competition. The two girls points together gave Carbon the meet championship.
Snook got a gold medal for her achievement.
In the boys division Derek Potter placed second in the competition and received a silver medal for his work and dedication. He had missed the last week of practice because of a knee injury, but he was able to get himself back into condition for the meet and did very well.
So on Feb. 9 Carbon High has the chance to win a true state championship; the only one in the state. That meet will include all qualified 3A, 4A, and 5A divers.