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UMS-Wright Sophomore Wins 4th Straight Diving Title at State Swimming Championships

   AUBURN – UMS Wright High School’s Blakeslee Elliott won her fourth straight diving title Friday to highlight the first day of the 54th AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
    The state meet concludes Saturday afternoon with finals in all swim events. The NFHS Network is live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based NFHS Network platform.
     Elliott won her first state crown in the Class 1A-5A division 1-meter event as a seventh-grader at the Mobile school. Her championship on Friday came thanks to her 313.35 final score. UMS swept the top four of five divers in the meet.

     Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s M’Kay Gidley won the girls’ 6A-7A diving championship with 322 points. Gidley, a senior, was fourth last year in the state finals.

      Huntsville High School senior Hampton Jarres (362.85) and St. Michael Catholic of Fairhope junior Ben Adamski (295.15) won the boys’ diving titles. Jarres was third a year ago in the large-school division while Adamski finished second in 1A-5A in 2018.

     UMS-Wright freshman Tori Waters finished second in the small-school girls’ event with 280.05 points, teammate Mae Elliott – a seventh-grader – was third at 248.10 and eighth-grader Ann Chason Brock was fourth with 242.75. Whitesburg Christian Academy’s Michaela Houser was fifth at 214.55.

    In the 6A-7A girls’ competition, sophomore Anna Cate Goodson of the Randolph School finished second with 282.75 points. Auburn junior Maggie Rendleman (275.45) was third, followed by Daphne eighth-grader Rose Gilder (272.95) and James Clemens sophomore Ashley Ahrens (271.15).

     Avery Balch, a junior from Hartselle, was second in the 6A-7A boys’ event with 360.80 finish. Senior Parker Inman of Davidson (354.95) was third, followed by freshman Daniel Coffman of Huntsville (343.45) and Alec Benzek, a junior from James Clemens (311.65).

     In 1A-5A, Kaje Jordan, freshman from Scottsboro High, finished second with a 259.70 score. Whitesburg Christian Academy senior Joey Houser (255.20) was third, followed by Elmore County freshman Coleman Rogers (253.85) and UMS-Wright eighth-grader Harrigan Weston (253.35).

    Saturday’s swimming finals begin with warm-ups at 1 p.m. and competition at 2 p.m. Admission is $10.
  

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