Tunkhannock divers Nicho LaChase and Hunter Snay finished first and second in the boys competition, respectively, at districts last weekend and earned a trip to states. Teammate Ana Jerome finished third in the girls diving contest.
With only three divers competing, there was little drama in the boys competition.
Abington Heights’ Mark Nzasi received a point deduction on his first attempt, allowing Snay and LaChase to grab the lead and cruise the rest of the morning. Both will go to states as a result of their 1-2 finish, with LaChase winning the overall title at 304.10 points.
The win gives LaChase momentum going into states after he won the Les Richards on Feb. 14.
“The first few dives I thought weren’t that good,” LaChase said of his day. “The second and third round I got better. Probably the forward somersault half-twist (allowed me to get comfortable). I’m excited for states.”
West Scranton’s Victoria Watkins and Dallas’ Mia Reinert took early leads, but couldn’t afford a single gaffe.
With fewer than 22 points separating first and third place at Saturday’s District 2 Class 2A diving championships, each needed to finish strong following the eight-dive break.
They made it look easy.
Watkins, a sophomore, scored no worse than 37.40 on her final three attempts to claim the district title, and Reinert posted a pair of 38.50s to pull away from a charging Jerome and advance to the PIAA Championships. Watkins scored 399.20 points.
It was the first time since 2015 a Dallas diver didn’t claim the district title, but Reinert was happy to continue the Mountaineers’ run of state appearances after winning the past two years.
Boys final results
1. Nicho LaChase (Tunkhannock) 304.10; 2. Hunter Snay (Tunkhannock) 288.70; 3. Mark Nzasi (Abington Heights) 224.80.
Girls final results
1. Victoria Watkins (West Scranton) 399.20; 2. Mia Reinert (Dallas) 374.15; 3. Ana Jerome (Tunkhannock) 341.65; 4. Rachel Chamberlain (Dallas) 258.10; 5. Olivia Murray (Holy Redeemer) 246.64.