By Nevada Leslie
Senior diver Amanda Ling became Oakland County’s Swim and Dive champion for the third year in a row earning first place in the annual competition and setting a new pool record, beating the old one by 20 points with a total score just two points off her personal record.
The field was quickly slimmed to from 36 to 16 divers by the time the final round came along. These 16 divers each got three dives, which were each scored and totaled resulting in a diver’s final point total. Ling entered the final round in first place with 329.59 points and finished the entire competition with a 472.49, beating out 15 other divers for 1st place.
In becoming champion, Ling did all 11 dives off her dive list which included “six optional dives, which happen to be the harder dives, and five voluntary dives, which are considered easier,” she explained.
Ling’s diving coach, Casey Guntzviller, had a lot to say about Ling and her performance. He mentioned how she “narrowly missed out on the Oakland County Girls Diving scoring record that is over twenty years old”. He also stated the Ling has “set lofty goals this season and is working tirelessly to achieve these. [Ling] often practices twice a day for the school team and the Legacy diving out of Oakland University”.
Ling will spend the next month preparing for Divisions and planning her future diving career. Ling plans to dive in college and is in the process of visiting teams. She will be making her decision in the coming weeks. Her ultimate goal is to do well in college and possibly make the Olympic team.