I was very excited to be able to witness the first Diving Meet at Seton since Coach Maureen Duran led a team from 2011 to 2013. When Coach Seamus Koehr first approached me about the idea of starting a diving team, I had no idea who Coach Ashley Keapproth was. Her knowledge and passion for diving has had an amazing impact on our fledgling program. Together, Seamus and Ashley have built a program of which we can already be justifiably proud.
Here are some notes that I received from the Diving Coaches on how our divers performed last Saturday. At the end, Seamus and Ashley have included a primer on how numbers are assigned to dives and how diving is scored:
Saturday was the first Seton Dive meet in seven (7) years and we were all very impressed with the outcome. Divers have to compete six (6) dives in five (5) different categories: Front, Back, Inwards, Reverse, and Twister (more on this at the end of the post).
With only a few short weeks since the season started, the divers have had to learn a new dive almost every practice so far with great success. The divers and coaches alike had a great time. It is most unfortunate the rest of the swim team was not present to witness the event.
Here is how the girl’s team did:
- Delaney Farmer – Scored in three of her six dives (101C, 201A, 401C), scoring a total of 50.35. Delaney’s highlight for this meet was her 401C (Inward Dive in the Tuck position) which is a difficult dive to achieve and very impressive looking when done correctly. Delaney received 4’s from the judges.
- Amelie Halisky – Scored in five of her six dives (101C, 201A, 401C, 102C, 5121D), scoring a total of 51.00. Amelie is one of our most joyful team members, never without a smile on her face. Impressively, Amelie did her very first 5121D (Forward Somersault in the Free position) during competition and her first 102C (Forward Somersault in the Tuck position) during warm ups not 30min before competing and receiving a 3.5 during competition.
- Mary Pennefather – Scored in five of her six dives (101C, 201A, 401C, 102C, 5121D), scoring a total of 57.45. Diving is Mary’s third sport this semester resulting in her missing some key practices so far but she put in the effort to make up for it, learning two new and difficult dives during warm ups and competing them well: 401C (Inward Dive in the Tuck position) and 5121D (Forward Somersault with a ½ Twist)
- Clare Waldron – Scored in all six of her dives (101B, 201A, 401C, 301C, 103C, 5121D), scoring a total of 100.65. Captain Clare Waldron has been a great leader on the team this year and scored over 100 which is impressive for a diver of her experience. The coaches were particularly impressed with her 103C (Forward 1 ½ Somersault in the Tuck position) for which she received a most impressive 6.5 from the judges.
And here is how the boy’s team performed:
- Joseph Wilson – Scored in three of his six dives (101C, 201A, 102C), scoring a total of 40.95. Joe’s highlight of this meet was his 101C (Forward Dive in the Tuck position) for which he received a 5.5 from the judges during competition.
- Matthew Lynch – Scored in four of his six dives (101C, 201A, 401C, 102C), scoring a total of 48.60. Matthew’s highlight this meet happened during warm ups. The team only learned Inward Dives last week and Matthew was having trouble. It is a very difficult dive. Matthew spent almost the whole warm up doing Inward drills and listening to all the notes given him by the coaches. If Matthew shows the same level of dedication in the future, he can prove to be very valuable to this team
- Max Wilson – Scored in five of his six dives (101C, 201A, 401C, 102C, 5121D), scoring a total of 77.33. Max Wilson performed a smooth 102C (Forward Somersault in the Tuck position) and a good 5121D (Forward Somersault ½ Twist in the Free position). Matthews highlight, however, came from his 201C (Back Dive in the Tuck position) for which he received a 4.5 from the judges during competition.
- Dominic Miller – Scored all six of his dives (101C, 201A, 401C, 301C, 102C, 5121D), scoring a total of 93.00. Dominic impressed us on Saturday completing all six dives after doing a 301C (Reverse Dive in the Tuck position) for the very first-time during competition. He also scored an impressive 5.5 on his 102C (Forward Somersault in the Tuck position).
- Mick Fioramonti – Scored in five of his six dives (101C, 201A, 401C, 301C, 5121D), scoring a total of 98.27. Mick, unsurprisingly, had several highlights. He received sixes on his 101C (Forward Dive in the Tuck position) and a 5.5 on his 201A (Back Dive in the Straight position). Anything over a 5 is an impressive score for anyone at this stage.
- Josh Fioramonti – Scored all six of his dives (101C, 201A, 401C, 301C, 103C, 5122D), scoring a total of 104.55. As seems to be a trend in the Fioramonti family, Josh showed an aptitude for diving this Saturday. Scoring in all six dives only a few weeks into the season is an incredibly impressive achievement. Were looking forward to seeing what Josh does in the future.
- Connor Koehr – Scored all six of his dives (101C, 201A, 401C, 301C, 103C, 5121D), scoring a total of 125.92. Nothing Connor Koehr did this Saturday was a surprise to anyone who has watched him in practice these past weeks. He really wants to learn how to dive and will try anything asked of him almost without fear. Receiving two sixes and a seven, Connor will likely be a strong contender in this year’s State meet.
How Diving Works
Each dive is given a different number and letter in accordance with the type and position of the dive in question.
The first digit refers to the type of direction of the dive.
100’s = Forward
200’s = Back
300’s = Reverse
400’s = Inwards
The last two digits refer to the number of half rotations.
X01 = Dive
X02 = Somersault
X03 = 1 ½ Somersault
X04 = Double Somersault
The letter that follows the numbers refers to the position the dive was performed in.
A = Straight
B = Pike
C = Tuck
D = Free
Twisters have numbers with 4 digits and a letter.
1st digit = Is always 5 and means there will be a Twist
2nd digit = The direction of the dive (Forward, Back, Reverse, Inwards)
3rd digit = The number of half rotations
4th digit = The number of half twists
Letter = Position (Straight, Pike, Tuck, Free)
Divers are scored by three judges on a scale of 1-10 on each dive. All three scores are added together and multiplied by the NCAA degree of difficulty number assigned to each dive which can be found here: https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/FINA%20Degree%20of%20Difficulty%20Table.pdf
Due to COVID-19, spectators are not allowed at the diving meets until further notice, even parents. If you would like to volunteer to work the scoring table (writing down the scores given by the judges and multiplying by the DD) and watch your child dive, email Coach Ashley Keapproth ([email protected]) and Coach Seamus Koehr ([email protected]). We can take up to three (3) volunteers per meet and would like to cycle through all willing volunteers to give everyone a chance to see their child dive.
We would like to thank Andrea Miller, Gabriella Miller, and Suzy Farmer for volunteering at the scoring table this week and Coach Jim Koehr for being the announcer and making this meet go smoothly and quickly.
Thank You All,
Coach Seamus Koehr and Coach Ashley Keapproth