Pope, Sommer win league diving crowns
Northeastern's Lindsey Pope and West York's Erica Sarver put on a riveting diving duel for the fans in Central York's natatorium on Wednesday night.
The two soared off the board and sliced through the water while competing for the gold medal in the York-Adams League Girls' Championship.
Pope and Sarver delivered big scores on many of their 11 dives, with both eclipsing the 400-point barrier.
In the end, the Northeastern senior, who finished second last year, came out on top this time, compiling 417.45 points to 413.05 for Sarver, the defending champion.
Meanwhile, Central's Garrett Sommer turned in an impressive performance in the boys' championship, winning the gold medal with a score of 388.05.
Pope said she knew that the her score and Sarver's score were close, but she didn't know how close.
"I just tried to stay consistent, knowing how amazing a diver Erica is," Pope said. "It's kind of crazy knowing I won the title. It was unexpected and really exciting."
Pope led after the preliminaries (first five dives) and the semifinals (dives six, seven and eight), but Sarver was never far behind. The West York junior closed the night by racking up 50.40 points on her 11th dive.
New Oxford's Rachel Groden, Central's Emily Salter and Northeatern's Lauren Williamson rounded out the top five.
Boys: Meanwhile, Sommer led from start to finish in the boys' competition.
"This (winning the title) was my life goal," the Panthers' junior said. "I'm so glad I put in the work to get it done."
Sommer was joined on the medal stand by teammate Nick Cappella. Cappella, a sophomore, took second with 318.70 points.
"I was really happy for Nick," Sommer said. "I'm so proud of him."
Jamie Kohler of Dover, Dustin Jones of Dallastown and Josh Freeze of Northeastern were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the boys' event.
Medalists: The medalists, and their scores, in the girls' meet were: Pope (417.45), Sarver (413.05), Groden (355.10), Salter (339.10), Williamson (316.50), Belle Hippensteel of Spring Grove (302.60), Lindsey Chatterton of Central (279.85) and Sophie Barnes of Dover (273.35).
The boys' medalists were: Sommer, Cappella, Kohler (301.00), Jones (294.00), Freeze (285.45), Izaiah Bosse of South Western (251.15), Gabe Dimisa of New Oxford (217.25) and Bryce Willett of Dallastown (213.40).
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