After Jarek Hanna opened with a poor dive on a relatively simple front one-and-a-half pike Friday night, the Case High School junior conferred with his coach, Jackie Turner.
“It was a very easy dive and he kind of bombed it,” said Turner, Case’s longtime diving coach. “I told him, ‘Hey, if something happens in this meet, just shake it off and try to make it up in a different dive.’ So he was very consistent for the rest of the meet.”
The end result was a personal-best score of 342.75, which was good for a fourth-place finish at the WIAA Division 1 Kenosha Tremper Sectional at Park High School.
It was also good for one of the 24 positions at the Division 1 State Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held Feb. 17 at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.
“His last three dives had high difficulty, so that really helped with those points at the end,” Turner said. “He just dove very clean and very consistent and that’s what he needed to do to get where he’s at.”
Turner believes Hanna will be seeded 23rd in the state field. But considering the improvement he has achieved this season, his state berth is well earned.
“His PR was in the 290s from last year,” Turner said. “Today he scored 342, so he went up 50 points from where he’s at last year.”
Turner’s expectations for Hanna will be modest at the state meet.
“This is his first time going, so if we can make it past the first cut – they cut down after the fifth dive to 20 – that would be great if we can make that our goal,” she said.
Hanna’s teammate, senior Cody Friso, finished fifth with a personal-best score of 326.90. Also for Case, senior Luis Alcantar was ninth (252.90) and freshman Cobey Ray did not make the cut.
For Horlick, sophomore Frank Christensen was sixth (296.35) and senior Alessandro Bianchi was 10th (245.25).
Park’s lone diver, sophomore Mark Manbeck, was seventh (272.05).
Brandon Spencer of Tremper, who was the Division 1 state champion last year with a score of 508.21, won the sectional with a score of 521.15. Jared Klezca of Franklin, who was sixth at state last year, finished second (499.80). And Adam St. John of Franklin, who was 15th at the state meet last year, finished third (354.75).
BURLINGTON CO-OP 138.900, JEFFERSON 127.300: Burlington dominated this Southern Lakes Conference dual meet against Jefferson, finishing 1-2-3 in all four events and all-around Thursday night at Burlington.
Regan Cassidy led the Demons, taking first in all-around with a score of 35.500. Cassidy won the uneven bars (9.425) and balance beam (9.0) and was second in vaulting (8.650).
Malia Bronson was second in all-around (34.850). Bronson won the floor exercise (9.425) and vaulting (8.750) and was second on the beam (8.875).