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Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Kevin Frebel, who competed unattached, won 1- and 3-meter titles in the City Dive Meet on Saturday at the Helen P. Brown Natatorium.

1st dive sets tone for double winner

Spencer Collier of Sycamore Hills entered the water with barely a splash.

The judge’s scores came quickly, “8, 8, 8 1/2 , 9, 9.”

Collier grinned as he exited the water. He rushed to his coach and was greeted by a high-five.

This was the first of Collier’s four dives in the boys 9-10 1-meter competition at the City Dive Meet on Saturday at the Helen P. Brown Natatorium. Due to his birthday falling in the middle of summer, he is one of the few 11-year-olds competing in the 9-10 age group.

“It was awesome,” Collier said about his first dive’s score. “The confidence brought me through the rest of my dives.”

Collier finished first with a total score of 149.4. He had already placed first in the boys 12-and-under 3-meter competition earlier in the day.

There is no surprise about Collier’s success at the city level. He has been diving for nearly five years. This summer he qualified for the Age Group National Championships on Aug. 31 in Minnesota, having placed high enough at the zone and regional meets.

He will be eligible to compete at the Junior National Level when he turns 12.

Collier was not the only one who won two city springboard titles.

Arlington Park’s Anna Yaggy took city championship titles in the girls 12-and-under 3-meter with a 121.25 and the girls 9-10 age group in the 1-meter with a 156.95.

Arlington Park won its second straight city championship, after trailing Blackhawk until the last two events. Arlington Park finished with 95 points to Blackhawk’s 82.

“With so many new divers coming in, it was difficult for us to really know where we stood,” Arlington Park head coach Aaron Krafft said. “With Blackhawk leading for the entire meet, it was slightly worrying.”

Blackhawk’s lead was down to less than 10 points entering the final two events – the boys and girls 8-and-under competition.

Arlington Park had nine competitors out of 22 in the girls 8-and-under, compared to Blackhawk’s two.

“Blackhawk had most of their divers in the first half of competition, so they were taking the lead early,” Krafft said. “When it came down to the 8-and-unders, it was awesome, as a coach, to see them do well.”

In addition to Yaggy, two other individuals placed first in their age groups: Jessica Brust won a second straight 8-and-under title, and Matthew Hayward won the 11-and-12 boys title.

areichel@jg.net

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