Demon dive champ earns weekly honor
As a diver, Kelly Hauskins strives for perfection. Competing at this weekend’s Western Regional meet in Grand Junction, the Glenwood High School senior got close to reaching that goal.
On her tenth dive, en route to winning her second straight regional dive title, Hauskins received a 9.0 score out of a possible 10 from two of the five judges for performing a forward inward dive.
“It’s one of my easiest dives,” she said. “I usually try to get higher scores with that dive because I usually do it straight and clean.”
Which Hauskins promptly pulled off, barely causing a ripple entering the water.
At dive competitions, the judges’ high and low scores are factored out. But one of Hauskins’ 9.0 scores and two 8.5 marks were retained.
After completing the meet with a front two and one-half twist, Hauskins completed the regional meet with an 11-dive best of 469.05 points.
The win, along with teammate Allie Wine’s fourth-place mark, was a big factor in the Glenwood team earning its third straight regional team championship.
“Me winning (the diving competition) was really needed,” Hauskins said. “It was nice to know I had a hand in winning the team championship.”
Hauskins’ point total also puts the Demons’ No. 1 diver among the state’s leaders heading into Friday’s Class 4A state championships in at Mountain View High School in Loveland.
“At state it’s a lot different because it’s a lot bigger and a different level of competition,” explained Hauskins. “At state, I don’t look at the other divers because I get intimidated.”
Hauskins aim is to “finish in the top three,” at state, she said. But she tries not to set goals, “because I don’t want to let people down.”
“This is probably going to be my last diving meet,” she said. “So I have nothing to lose. I’m going down and do my best.”
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