Saturday, Apr 19, 2014

Divers finish strong at state


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After rolling through district and regional competition, Avon Park's Domonic Hutchins and Josh Gaidos and Sebring's Sara Bohan competed against the best divers in the Sunshine State in the Class 2A state high school finals on Saturday in Stuart.

Hutchins and Gaidos are both seniors and the talented Red Devil duo proved they belonged at the FHSAA Championship Finals at the wind-swept Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center.

Hutchins finished 10th with a score of 316.40 points in the 1-meter event, while Gaidos came in 13th with a score of 292.20.

"I'm really proud of Domonic and Josh," said Avon Park diving coach Shane Wirries. "The did pretty good in some wet and windy conditions. "The event was held in an outside pool and the wind was really blowing hard.

"It made it difficult for all of the divers, but Domonic and Josh stayed focused and had solid efforts against some quality competition."

Hutchins, who qualified for state as a junior, peaked at the right time this season as evidenced by his first-place finish in the Class 2A-District 9 diving competition with a score of 390.50.

"Domonic has a great work ethic and had a strong district meet," Wirries said. "He has gotten better as the season has progressed."

Hutchins continued his strong diving with a second place at the Class 2A-Region 3 meet with an impressive score of 371.95.

Gaidos was a runner-up at districts with a score of 370.85 and came in fifth at the regional competition with 310.80

"Josh has a lot of ability and was solid all season," Wirries said.

For both Red Devils to finish at the state finals was an impressive way to end their high school diving careers.

"I've really enjoyed working with Josh and Domonic the last couple of years," Wirries said. "They did well in the finals, but the judges are really strict and their scores weren't as high as they usually are."

The boys winning diver was Camero Johnson of Satellite High School with a score of 438.90.

"There were some really good divers at state," Wirries said. "All things considered we had a good day and the boys can be proud of their efforts."

Bohan had a solid day on the 1-meter board by finishing 19th in the girls Class 2A finals with a score of 210.55 points.

Bohan, who is a senior and was the 2012 Highlands Today All-Highlands Girls Diver of the Year, did her best in the windy conditions.

"The pool is close to the ocean which made it windier," Wirries said.

Bohan had a solid season with a first at districts with 353.85 points and a second at regionals with 313.00 points to punch her ticket to the state finals.

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