Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Devils, Streaks dominate district diving


AVON PARK - It was a banner day in the pool for the Avon Park and Sebring divers on Monday at Avon Park High School.

The Red Devils swept first and second place in the boys competition to qualify two divers for the Class 2A-Region 3 meet, while the Blue Streaks won the girls competition.

Avon Park senior Domonic Hutchins won the boys competition with a score of 390.50, while Red Devil senior Joshua Gaidos came in second place with a score of 370.85.

"I'm real proud of the boys," said Avon Park diving coach Shane Wirries. "Domonic had a strong meet and Joshua was solid and I think they both have a chance to advance out of regionals."

The diving competition consists of each athlete doing 11 dives with the highest and lowest scores being thrown out.

To qualify for the regional competition a diver must have a minimum score of 280 points.

"Domonic and Joshua have worked hard all season and to do this well at districts is awesome," said Wirries. "They have a lot of talent and if they perform up to their capability they should make it to state."

In the girls competition, Sebring senior Sara Bohan finished first with a score of 353.85 points and was the only girl to qualify for the regionals.

Bohan, who was the 2012 Highlands Today All-Highlands Girls Swimmer of the Year, had a solid meet and looks to have an excellent chance of making it to the state finals with a good day at regionals.

Avon Park freshman Tammy Hutchins came in third place with a score of 248.20 points, senior Sumintra Williams was fourth with 212.10 and sophomore Sara Heier finished with 201.20.

"The girls did a good job and have worked hard to improve this season," Wirries said.

Bohan, who improved over last year's second-place finish at districts, would like to score well at regionals and advance to the state meet to cap a very successful high school diving career.

The Class 2A-Region 3 meet will be held on Nov. 1 in Clearwater.

Bohan, Domonic Hutchins and Gaidos will face much stiffer competition at the regional meet, but each of them has the ability to rise above their competitors and make it to the state finals in Stuart.

This is the first time that the state finals have been held in Stuart.

For the last several years, the event was held at the Justice Aquatic Center in Orlando.



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