Diving into first place

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Kallie Higgins (11) performs her first dive of the prelims. Higgins received her highest score with this dive.

Jacki Hoffman

Diving Preliminaries took place on the morning of Feb. 6 at home. Kallie Higgins (11) is the only girl diver on the diving team.

“I wouldn’t say it’s stressful, but I’m the only girl representing LC in the diving area. I have the boys to dive with, so that’s always fun,” Higgins said.

There are multiple reasons why Higgins keeps diving. By diving, she is carrying on both a family tradition and her passion.

“I was a gymnast for eight years and then I got injured. The water is a lot easier to hit, and a lot more fun. My mom was a diver when she was in middle school, so I thought it’d be cool,” Higgins said.

Higgins is the only girl, so our team relies solely on both her abilities and how she scores as an individual.

“The scoring for diving is [given] after you do your dive. Each dive has a different degree of difficulty, and the judges will score you with a certain type of scoring and then add it up. The person with the highest scores after they add it up wins. It’s not that hard but it’s pretty confusing,” Higgins said.

Higgins score added up to be the highest. She won Sectionals.

“I really worked hard to get [first] and it sets me up for Regionals,” Higgins said.

Higgins placed first in the diving prelims, as well as sectionals.

“[Prelims] went really well, I started off [okay] and after that my last three dives were consistent. Other than that I did really well in the prelims,” Higgins said.