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PREP DIVING

Granite Bay duo headlines Oakmont’s dive meet

Melia Stout and Taylor Garcia have a strong future ahead of them for the Grizzlies dive team.
By: Steven Wilson,
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Coming into Wednesday’s dive meet, Granite Bay’s Melia Stout won nearly every match against her younger teammate. Four in a row to be exact. 

But an upset was brewing at Oakmont High’s pool as Taylor Garcia beat her fellow diver by .15 points despite chilly temperatures.

Garcia finished first with a total score of 186.40 in the varsity girls dive events.

“It’s good that she beat me, but we’re on the same team, so it’s a friendly competition,” admitted Garcia, who’s a sophomore this year. “Because I love her.”

Garcia took fifth at sections last season, but looks to her new teammate to push her at practice and reach the next level.

“It’s good that they push each other — that helps them get better,” their coach Ashley Haney pointed out. “Melia has only been diving for a couple of months, so it’s hard for her to set any goals. But I think both of them will be diving on the varsity team as a freshman and sophomore, so that’s a big accomplishment. I’m hoping that they can make state.”

Stout was close behind with a final score of 186.25.

“This was one of my better meets,” Stout admitted. “But there were still a few things I could have done better. I was more concerned about keeping warm than with my performance. It was that cold.”

Haney coaches all of the Roseville Joint Unified District Schools plus Del Oro and Rocklin and watched as 22 of her girls competed on Wednesday.  

“Today went really well,” she said. “Everybody did really well despite the cold. This was our pool time for the week and due to spring break, that mixed some things up. We usually compete on Fridays, but couldn’t this week.”

After taking a week off from practice and competition, the teams regrouped for their fifth meet of the season to hone their dives. 

“There’s five categories and this was our week-five meet, so a lot of kids were doing dives for the first time in front of judges,” Garcia explained. “They complete six dives at each meet, so they’ll do these again at the league meet and sectionals.”

Granite Bay will look to take multiple divers to the championships in the coming weeks and Stout plans to be one of them.

Whitney also had a strong showing at the meet with three top finishes against Roseville. 

“I thought my divers did really well,” Whitney coach Brandon Cox said. “It was really cold out, so we missed a few things. But we competed, got back into the rhythm of the season after spring break and had fun.”

Folsom High’s Lauren Hobbs also turned in a solid performance with a score of 145.30, behind both Garcia and Stout of Granite Bay. 

“Out of all of her dives, she only had one that wasn’t up to her best,” Folsom’s recreational dive coach Michael Brown said. “Under these cold conditions and with these boards, which are stiffer than ours, I was very pleased with the way she adjusted.”

Divers will compete again this coming Friday at Oakmont. They begin competition at 4 p.m.

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