Tuscarora diver finishes fourth at states -- Gazette.Net


In a sport dominated by Montgomery County athletes, Tuscarora High School junior diver Shane Miller proved there are good divers elsewhere in the state at Friday's second Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Diving Championship at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Miller moved up a spot from last year's fifth-place finish to take fourth in the state.

The top four finishers in each region advanced to Friday's competition. There were 12 boys and 12 girls.

Miller was the only Frederick diver, boy or girl, to finish in the top 10.

Oakdale's Erin Lynch, who was an exhibition diver last winter, followed up her first county title earlier this month with a fourth-place finish at the Class 3A/2A/1A West Region meet last week. She finished 12th Friday.

“I'm really happy I made the top five [again], really happy with how I did,” Miller said. “I didn't feel pressure [to back up last year's results] because I knew the judging got super tough this year so I [focused on] my dives and didn't really care about my scores.”

Two-time Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving champion TJ Shinholser of Paint Branch High in Montgomery County won his first state diving title Friday.

He finished with a 468.35-432.45 advantage over Parker Rigaux of Bethesda-Chevy Chase. B-CC teammate Jack Crow finished third with 410.25 points, ahead of Miller with 373.15 points. Walt Whitman's Simon Carne took fifth.

Winston Churchill junior Mashal Hashem won her first high school championship. Northwest senior and Churchill sophomore Kali Becker finished second and third.

“I can't believe how good these girls are. People made a big deal about me winning my first counties and then I come here. ... It's exciting to compete [at states]. Last year, I was exhibition at counties,” Lynch said.

Miller, who began training with the Montgomery Dive Club in the spring of 2011, got off to a slow start Friday. But he didn't let a few shaky dives derail him, he said.

With one more year ahead of him, Miller is keen on breaking into the top three next winter.

“My coach told me that my first dives were done and not to think about them so I didn't. And that made it a lot easier to focus on my upcoming dives,” Miller said. “I'm excited about what I will be able to do next year. I think some of the dives where I landed on my feet, I'll add another half a dive to increase the degree of difficulty.”