AVON — After swimming sectionals last Saturday, three county divers — Avon’s Daequan Quinn, Plainfield’s Aaron Lux, and Tri-West’s Evan Cooper — advanced to Tuesday’s diving regional at Avon.
When the water fell still and the results were announced, only two county divers remained. Cooper and Quinn, both freshmen, each advanced to the state finals this Saturday with their fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively.
Each has been diving for several years and that experience paid off as both were happy to move on.
“It’s pretty cool,” Cooper said. “I would have hoped for a better meet tonight, but I’ll just go in Saturday and do better.”
Quinn agreed with his county counterpart.
“I am very thrilled,” Quinn said. “I came into this meet 100 percent focused to take care of what I needed to do and deliver and that’s what I did and it shows in my performance. It feels good”
Tri-West has had only three male divers make it to state with the last coming close to 20 years ago and none made the podium, something Cooper hopes to change this weekend.
“It would be good and it’s definitely a goal and it would be an honor to do so as a freshman,” Cooper said. “I’m not going in over thinking it and will just do the best I can.”
While the scenario of Saturday’s state finals can be nerve wracking, each has several years experience in big competitions and should be well prepared mentally for the challenge.
“I’m pressured but I’ve been diving for almost six years and have been in meets with more stress than this one,” Quinn said. “It’s like when I come to this meet, I do it to have fun. I’m just excited because my set goal was to do the best I can and take it as far as I can.