DIVING: Sarver, Sommer take York-Adams crowns
- West York's Erica Sarver captured the York-Adams diving title for the second time in three years.
- Central York's Garrett Sommer repeated as the York-Adams League boys' champion.
Erica Sarver is very familiar with awards podiums.
The West York senior has won medals at all three levels of high school diving — league, district and state.
Sarver, though, had a special feeling on Wednesday night when she stood on top of the awards podium at Central York High School.
That's because her younger sister, Maya, was on the podium with her.
Erica Sarver captured the gold medal at the York-Adams League Girls' Diving Championships for the second time in three years, while Maya Sarver, a sophomore, earned the bronze medal. Northeastern's Lauren Williamson captured the silver medal.
Meanwhile, Central senior Garrett Sommer added to his career laurels by repeating as the York-Adams boys' diving champion.
"It was the best feeling in the world," Erica Sarver said. "A big sister seeing her little sister succeed. This is our last year together, and it made me very happy to see her succeed."
Erica Sarver, who recorded a score of 442.05, led after all three stages — preliminaries (five dives), semifinals (three dives) and finals (three dives).
"I was just focusing on diving clean and getting all my dives in," Sarver said. "There's a little pressure on being the favorite, but I try not to focus on winning, getting the highest score or pitting myself against other people. I just focus on diving my best, which is a new mindset I had this year."
Sarver executed a front 2 1/2 somersault in the tuck positon for the last of her 11 dives. The five judges awarded scores of 6.5, 7.5, 7.0, 7.0 and 6.0, respectively.
."I love closing with that dive," Sarver said. "I like to end with a bang. I always remember that one."
Sarver will now focus on the upcoming Class AA meets — District 3 and PIAA.
"My goal is to win districts. I was second at states last year, and I'm going for the gold this year."
Sommer does it again: Speaking of gold, Sommer earned the top medal at the York-Adams Boys' Championships for the second straight year with a school-record score.
He erased his old mark by accumulating 419.70 points.
"It's the last time I'm going to be on this floor, and winning the meet and getting the record really means a lot to me." Sommer said. "I really worked hard this year, and this was a lot better for me because I got a way higher score than last year." .
The Panthers' star said the experience of having won the competition last year helped him this year.
"It definitely made me less nervous," he said. "It's a blessing to win this year. This is the place I work the hardest, and this is where I wanted it to happen."
Sommer, like Sarver, led after all three stages.
His final dive in the semifinal round impressed the judges. He earned scores of 8.5, 7.5, 8.0, 8.0 and 8.0 for his inward dive in the pike position.
Medalists: Izaiah Bosse, of South Western, finished second in the boys' competition. The other boys' medalists were: Jud Pequignot (Dover), Si Barnes (Dover) and Byrce Willett (Dallastown).
The medal winners in the girls' event were: Erica Sarver, Lauren Williamson, Maya Sarver, Kirsten Taylor (Central), Sophie Barnes (Dover), Hannah Lieberknecht (Dover), Zoe Mendlowitz (Central) and Ella Baugher (South Western).
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