The Clarion

Dive Ends The Season Big

By SIMRAN BAINS

The Selma High School Dive team’s season was successful and many of the divers on the team placed in their league tournament at Exeter High School. Junior Taylor Serna placed first, while freshman Ashneet Gill placed eighth in the varsity girls league tournament. Junior Josiah Cavazos placed fourth in the varsity boys league tournament. Sophomore Makenzie Rocha placed first and junior Isabella Rodriguez placed second in the JV girls tournament.

Taylor Serna was the only Bear to move on from league and go to the Valley Meet. Her season ended on Friday, May 11, when she placed third at the Valley Meet with a score of 348.75.

“I have been doing dive for five years now and I feel like that experience has really helped me get to where I am today,” Serna stated

Being a junior, Serna is preparing to return next year and is hoping to be able to place first in the Valley tournament.

“I hope to up my game and perfect my dives to be able to perform at the level I want,” Serna also commented.

Divers not only appreciate the lessons that will help them with the sport of dive, but also help them throughout the rest of their life.

“I personally learned team skills and learned how to encourage my teammates as they compete,” Gill stated.

Players are taking dive as their opportunity to become more involved in new things that not be afraid of change.

Cavazos commented, “This was my first year in dive and I am the only guy on the team so I feel like it’s taught me a lot about being open to try new options and be open to new things.”

Divers have improved greatly throughout the season through their dedication.

“In the beginning of the season I felt that I wasn’t really good at the sport, but as the season moved on, I wanted to try new dives and perfect the dives I had in order to compete varsity,” commented Cavazos.

Overall the team has had a successful year and Coach Loucks is proud of her team and of their work ethics.

“Overall, I would say this has been a great season,” Coach Loucks stated. “All the divers met or improved on a personal goal, and as a coach that is very rewarding.”