The STL Diving Club, which practices and competes out of the St. Peters Rec Plex, made a strong impression in the pool at the USA Diving Region 8 Championship with 17 divers participating and 15 qualifying for the Zone D Championship.
“For many of these kids, especially the younger ones this was their first time really competing in a meet like this, so to see them qualify and do this well is a really good start for what they will face in the Zone D and the National Meet, which is later this summer,” STL Diving coach Greg Triefenbach said.
In the 6-and-under division, Max Van Stone, the youngest member of the club, placed eighth in the 1-meter springboard to qualify for the zone meet.
In the 11-and-under boys division, Owen Hren placed second in the platform, second in the 1-meter springboard, and second in the 3-meter springboard. Faustino Javier finished fourth in the platform, third in the 1-meter springboard, and sixth in the 3-meter springboard.
Logan Schelfaut stood out in the boys 12-13 group finishing first in 3-meter springboard and second in the 1-meter springboard.
In the 14-15 boys division, Joshua Smith finished eighth in the 1-meter springboard and 10th in the 3-meter springboard.
In the 16-18 boys division, Peter Lucido was seventh in the platform, 10th in the 1-meter springboard, and 17th in the 3-meter springboard. Tim Moore finished eighth in the platform.
There was plenty of success for the girls divers as well.
In the girls 16-18 division, Sarah Bathe finished 27th in the 1-meter springboard and 16th in the 3-meter springboard. Megan Hetzler finished 28th in the 1-meter springboard and 30th in the 3-meter springboard. Ally Weis placed 49th in the 1-meter springboard and 38th in the 3-meter springboard. Naomi Raible placed 10th in the platform, 50th in the 1-meter springboard and 42nd in the 3-meter springboard.
In the 14-15 girls division, Mariah Javier placed 28th in the springboard.
In the 12-13 girls division, Samantha Mersnick placed ninth in the platform, 17th in the 1-meter and 15th in the 3-meter. Abigail Wolf placed 21st in both the 1-meter springboard and the 3-meter springboard.
In the 11-and-under girls division, Jennifer Schelfaut and Ciara Reichart finished eighth and 10th, respectively in the 1-meter springboard.
Triefenbach, a former college diving coach, said his club provides an opportunity for kids to get into the sport and do something with it at the college level.
“It starts out as something that the kids want to do when they are younger and then they become good at it and then they want to train,” Triefenbach said. “Then around the time they get to middle school they realize they can actually have a chance to go to college diving and the experience for the kids and our parents in the club is really rewarding.”
After the club competes in the Zone D National Meet on June 24-28 at the University of Iowa, they will turn their attention to the national meet in Orlando.