The Rails divers started off the season with an 11 dive meet on August 21, 2017. The second annual Back-To-The-Boards dive invite included 14 divers from 5 schools – Ankeny, Dowling, Johnston, Valley and, of course, Lincoln.
“The chance to dive early and set a benchmark is great for our divers and we hope to see it pay off come the end of season.” said Coach Tereca Weber. “This invite also gives our divers the chance to compete against schools they don’t normally see at dual meets, since only two schools in the Metro conference have diving. Everyone did well tonight and we wish them the best as their season’s continue.”
This invite is designed as a “varsity + one” invite where teams can send up to four divers to compete. It is designed to fill a void for divers looking to have an early 11 dive meet since many 11 dive meets aren’t held until later in the season. The Back-To-The-Boards invite allows coaches and divers to get a benchmark right at the start of season and then set real goals for the competitions later in the season.
Jolynn Harris (Lincoln) took first overall with a record-setting 520.00. Annie Noll (Dowling) took second with a 402.75, while Chloe Pearson (Lincoln) took third with a 374.55. Rounding out the rest of the top six were Nicole Grossman (Dowling, 361.95), Maddie Gatzlaff (Ankeny, 333.35) and Avery Markowski (Dowling, (328.00).
“I’m excited to kick off season with a historic performance. Not only for Lincoln, but for Iowa High School Diving in general. I hope to end my senior year with great performances at Regionals and State before turning my attention to college diving and this was a good start!” said Jolynn Harris, Rails Senior. “It was also cool to see that all three of us beat our scores from last year tonight.”
Rails senior, Haley Allen added, “The Back-To-The-Boards meet was a great benchmark meet for me. It was my 3rd personal best score. Plus, I love diving with the teams we normally don’t see.”
Below are few meet highlights.
- Jolynn Harris rebroke her 11 dive school record and moved to 6th All-Time in the history of Iowa High School Diving
- Haley Allen dove over 25 points better than last year’s score – setting a season-best score of 275.65
- Chloe Pearson earned a new personal best score of 374.55 and dove 35 points better than last year’s invite.
Below are some photos from the meet. Most were taken by Dowling’s team photographer, Chris Pose, and we thank him for taking and sharing these photos with us! More can be found on our Photo Website for the 2017 season (link in the upper right corner).