State Diving: Brainerd’s Deason advances to finals
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brenna Deason is diving one more day.
The Brainerd Warriors freshman sits in 10th place with 236.50 points after the prelim and semifinal rounds of the Class 2A State Diving Competition Thursday, Nov. 14, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Deason will compete in the finals Saturday, Nov. 16.
“She is diving very well,” Warrior diving coach Mary Streiff said. “Out of her eight dives, I would say she just missed one and she didn’t miss it too badly. Otherwise she’s doing really really well. She’s putting things in nice and clean like we talked about and we’ll see where she can hang on to in finals.”
Things were set up well to have both Brainerd divers advance to finals.
Things just didn’t end that way as Izzy Olson slide two spots out of the top 16 to miss the cutoff after the semifinal round.
Olson was seeded 16th going into the semifinals. She scored 142.30 points and finished the semifinal round with 218.75 points.
“She was just off today and when you’re in a big arena everything is magnified,” Streiff said. “A little bit off really adds up over eight dives. Is it the end of the world? No. But we were certainly hoping for her to be placing higher.
“It was just little things on each dive. There were maybe two out of her eight that looked like Izzy looks usually. The others just had some flaws and those get magnified down at state.”
Deason was tied for 10th after prelims with 161.80 points. She tacked on 74.7 more points with her three dives in the semifinals.
“She was pretty nervous,” Streiff said. “She had kind of an OK warm up and then she went for one more dive and she ended up hitting the board, which doesn’t happen too often. That shook her up a little bit, but then she pulled herself together and clicked one dive off after another and 10th is where she is at.”
Edina’s Megan Phillip leads the competition with 336.95 points. Her teammate Jozie Meitz made the largest move during the semifinals by going from 17th to seventh. She scored almost 100 points for her three dives in the second round.
“Brenna doesn’t have much difficulty left in her remaining dives,” Streiff said. “So if we can hang on to 10th that would be a great place for her to finish.”
Semifinals: 1-Megan Phillip (Edina) 336.95, 10-Brenna Deason 236.50, 18-Izzy Olson 218.75
Prelims: 1-Phillip 226.80, 10t-Deason 161.80, 16-Olson 142.30