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56TH AHSAA Swimming Championships Underway UMS-Wright 7th Grader Wins Class 1A-5A Girls Diving Competition

   AUBURN – Blakeslee Elliott, a seventh grader at UMS-Wright of Mobile, captured the AHSAA Class 1A-5A girls’ state diving championship Friday at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center Friday.  Winning the 6A-7A girls’ diving competition was Daphne sophomore Emilie Hunter with a 306.25 score.
    Elliott posted a 248.00 total to edge 1A-5A runner-up Madeline Oldweiler of St. Paul’s Episcopal. Oldweiler posted the best score of the semifinals (176.50) and closed out at 212.75. Junior Olivia Brookins of Westminster-Oak Mountain was third at 179.60, followed by Madison Guilbert of Pope John Paul II Catholic (173.05); sophomore Cameron Carley of St. Paul’s (167.65); seventh grader Dorsey Parker of UMS-Wright (167.40); sophomore Coleman Turnipseed of St. Paul’s (151.45); and junior Kristen Hodgson of Pope John Paul II (146.20).
     Hunter finished seventh last year behind senior Helen Legg of Fairhope, who closed her prep career with four straight AHSAA diving championships. Hunter led the competition after the semifinals with a 232.35 score.  Julia Keller of Huntsville finished second behind Hunter Friday with a 295.70 total.  M’Kay Gidley of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, who finished fourth in 2015, moved up a notch to third Friday with a 268.10 total.
    Rounding out the top eight in the 6A-7A finals were eighth grader Reese McNeel of Cullman (232.65); James Clemens seventh grader Ashley Ahrens (213.55); Davidson freshman Destiny Baugh (208.70); Cullman freshman Reagan Martin (195.80); and Grissom’s Sydney Clinton (189.50).
    The boys’ diving competition was still underway Friday afternoon. Swimming prelims were scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
   Finals for the 56th AHSAA Swimming Championships will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday with the NFHS Network live-streaming all races tonight and Saturday.



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