For those of you who followed Alex's dive meet live, you know the results. This is the full story. And for that, you're going to need a little education, so bear with me. About USA Diving USA Diving is basically the premier national diving association. It is "the pipeline of the Olympics." Each year they … Continue reading The Sports Center Recap
I will post his last dive soon. Nationals!
Nailed last dive (turns out there are only 8 rounds) Kid behind him needs a monster dive....
Barring a meltdown, Alex and another boy are battling for 10th. Alex is now behind by 2 points. Who executes? That's what it comes down to. I'm dying.
Through 6, bitches
There's a kid right on his tail, though.
He's rocked 6s the last two dives and a kid ahead of him flubbed a dive. We are tied for 9. Stakes get higher from here. Harder dives. More pressure. Good vibes please.
11th through 3 of 9 rounds
Tied for 11th place. I'm going to collapse from nerves.
At the precipice
We are 45 minutes from go time for 3 meter. Grandparents are present. Alex is with his coach. Let me break it down for you: There are 25 boys The top 10 go to nationals According to the degree of difficulty from their dive list, Alex is ranked 13th This means he needs to move … Continue reading At the precipice
DIVE! DIVE! DIVE!
Fair readers, it is that time of year again. Diving season is upon us. I am reporting to you LIVE from Lynchburg, Virginia, where the USA Diving Zones are happening. This is the farthest Alex has ever gotten on the diving circuit. He is among 25 divers in his age group. He needs to finish … Continue reading DIVE! DIVE! DIVE!
Diving on the Big Stage
Alex’s goal for the AAU Diving Championships in Orlando: “Not come in last.” It turned out to be a wild and emotional experience. Alex and Shani had flown down to Orlando on Sunday. I flew in Monday night and after a bunch of flight delays, I slithered into the hotel room around 1 in the … Continue reading Diving on the Big Stage
To Balk or not to Balk
So…when it comes to 9-and-under boys diving in South Jersey, Alex dominates. In fact, for the past 2 years he has come in first in every single event he's entered. Except one. These may be may favorite photos of all time: Last year, Alex placed 4th in the 3-meter championships. As you can see, he … Continue reading To Balk or not to Balk