Sunset League Divers faced the cold and up to 20-mile-per-hour wind gusts to compete in Week 4 Diving competition at Los Alamitos High School on Thursday, April 7.
Cold temperatures cause muscles to contract, which could cause injury along with making it more difficult to complete difficult acrobatic moves in the air before entering the water.
Divers describe hitting the water wrong as feeling like being pierced by knives. While all divers appear to have avoided injury, the cold definitely impacted the performance for many.
Los Alamitos Junior Adam Payne finished first in the Varsity boys, 75 points below his school record-breaking performance from Week 2. In his first Sunset League Varsity Meet, Robert Smith from Fountain Valley came in second and Edison diver, David Scrantom finished third.
Fountain Valley Junior, Erica Curry won her first Sunset League Varsity Girls gold medal. Kaylie Higa from Edison came in second and Heather Ross from Marina earned third in the Varsity girls. The number of divers was lower because of weather, but one new diver joined the Varsity girls this week. Los Alamitos’ top scoring J.V. Diver, Jazman Glover learned enough dives to become a member of the Varsity Squad this week.
The J.V. boys saw a shifting of places. Ian Bearss of Edison earned gold. John Richardson from Fountain Valley came in second and Daniel Scrantom finished third. The J.V. girls saw a number of new divers this week. Each school is limited to 4 divers per event, so a number of divers who did not compete in J.V. previously swapped out with other divers for their first Sunset League dive meet. Anna Debella of Fountain Valley finished in first place. Edison divers Lauren Barone and Nicole Watkins earned second and third place.
The Sunset League Divers have endured extremes of last week’s record-breaking heat to this week’s wind and cold. They are all interested to see what is in store for next week’s regular season meet before they return for the League Finals at Los Alamitos High School the first week of May.
Sunset League Meet #4
4/7/11 Sunset League Varsity Boys Results
1. Adam Payne Los Alamitos HS 424.80
2. Robert Smith Fountain Valley HS 209.95
3. David Scrantom Edison HS 205.20
4. Chris King Marina HS 195.35
5. Joey Grisby Edison HS 185.20
4/7/11 Sunset League Varsity Girls Results
1. Erica Curry Fountain Valley HS 325.40
2. Kaylie Higa Edison HS 318.35
3. Heather Ross Marina HS 314.60
4. Alyssa Robidoux Marina HS 310.65
5. Kelsey Randall Fountain Valley HS 219.75
6. Rachel Dean Fountain Valley HS 216.05
7. Leigh Hodgson Los Alamitos HS 210.15
8. Taylor Mock Marina HS 195.30
9. Jazman Glover Los Alamitos HS 171.65