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Story last updated at 5:45 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mariner divers get good experience at Kodiak event

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

The Mariners Swim and Dive team flew into Kodiak with high spirits for the two-day meet against the Bears last weekend.

The dive team had a good showing with three female and three male divers competing with six dives each. Kodiak's dive consisted of two female divers and no male divers.

Senior Lindsay Seneff led the girls team with a score of 175 on the first day and 199.95 on the second day. Freshman Jasmine Lewis came in second for the Mariners with a score of 156.75 the first day and 153.10 the second day. Not far behind, sophomore Katherine Dolma scored 124.40 the first day and 133.80 the following day.

"This is Jasmine's first meet ever and she did exceptionally well," said Head Dive Coach Harmon Hall. "She is a gymnast so diving comes naturally to her."

The Bears' two female divers, Sophie Hogan and Jessa Fortaliza, made it a good match with competitive scores. Hogan scored 192 the first day and 207.95 the second, and Fortaliza scored 149.35 the first day and 157.75 the second.

Hall attributed the low scores on the first day to each of the athlete's one bad dive. "It only takes one bad dive to mess up your score," he said.

The boys team did not compete against Kodiak, but rather against themselves in preparation for the larger meets approaching. Senior Garrett Hall scored 202.50 the first day and 198.45 the following. Sophomore Kaec Brinster scored 161.35 the first day and 177.20 the second. Close behind, fellow Sophomore Brian Rowe scored 152.85 the first day and 159.41 the second.

Kodiak was the second to last six-dive meet. All meets thereafter will be eleven-dive meets, and Harmon is gearing up his team this week for the big dives.

"I am looking forward to Lindsay breaking the record at state," said Harmon. "Both Lindsay and Garrett went to state three years in a row and I have no doubt that they won't make it to state this year."