Diving coach Scott TenEyck is confident that both of his pupils, Genoa’s Bailey Dipman and Lake’s Samantha TenEyck, can make it to the state meet in Canton this season. He said he sees a lot of potential in Dipman.
"It's just a matter of how much effort she wants to put into it," he said. "She's ahead of most freshmen. Her scores need to improve, but that will improve as we compete more and she gets more experience. Right now she's getting pitted against sophomores, juniors and seniors. She's definitely got talent."
Dipman placed third at the Solon Extravaganza and was sixth at the Knight Invitational. She placed fourth out of 37 divers at the Fremont Ross meet.
"She is just finally coming into her own," coach TenEyck said. "She's got a pretty tough (diving) list, so it's just a matter of cleaning it up. Her advantage is she has great lines. She's tall and slender with great lines for a diver. That highlights what she does."
Dipman, 14, has been diving for half of her life.
"I like it a lot," she said. "It's really fun and you get to meet a lot of people. I'm having a pretty good season. I've been placing in the top six at the meets I've been to, and I'm a pretty fast learner. Sometimes it takes me longer to learn a hard dive, but Scott's a really good coach. He's the only coach I've had and I really don't trust anyone but him."
Dipman hopes her evolving list of dives will get her to Canton along with her pal from Lake.
"I really want to try to make it to state and place and have people recognize my school," Dipman said. "I'm the first diver ever at my school. I want people to know we have other things besides football and things like that.
"I like how (diving) is a challenge. You feel really nervous when you first learn something. Once you learn it, you feel really confident and it's a fun sport. You feel a sense of accomplishment when you've learned something new."