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It turns out that third time was the charm for Oak Harbor diver Bryce Buderer.

After advancing to the Division II state meet in each of the last two seasons, the Rocket did one better by placing 10th at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton on Feb. 20.

It was an especially sweet accomplishment for Buderer, who was competing in his final diving event.

But it wasn’t just him. Teammate Cooper Hicks, a sophomore, finished eighth at state, a year after advancing to Canton but failing to place, just like Buderer.

Hicks actually trailed Buderer, 160.45 to 157.75 after the preliminaries, and the two were tied at 245.9 after advancing to the semifinals. In the finals, Hicks edged Buderer with a score of 335.25 to 328.40.

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Diving coach Scott TenEyck with Anna Campos,
a Waite freshman.

Buderer was happy for both he and Hicks, and had high praise for his diving coach, Ryan Nuhfer.

“It was a great season,” Buderer said. “I was glad to have Coach Nuhfer come back for a third year in a row and coach us. He has taught us a lot and he really inspired me to do well. He was a diver himself, and it was great to have someone to look up to.

“Overall, the diving went really well. Cooper and I took turns winning the meets. We both pushed each other to do better in practices and the meets. As an Oak Harbor diver, it was great to go to state three years in a row and to end my senior year as an All-Ohio diver and to place 10th in the state. I couldn’t be happier.

“This year, I learned new dives that helped me to do better at state and I mainly focused on my board work. As our coach said to me, ‘The dives will come natural but it all comes down to the board work.’ So I think him for that.”

Head coach Andrea Sorg was more than pleased with Buderer and Hicks’ performances.

“Last year, Bryce finished 21st and Cooper was 23rd at state,” Sorg said. “We, of course, had high hopes for them to return this year. Finishing eighth and 10th far surpassed anyone’s expectations. Bryce and Cooper pushed one another in practice and competitions this year. They were often each other’s best competitor. And they were the difference between us winning some meets.”

Hicks finished third at both districts and sectionals and Buderer was sixth at districts and finished first at sectionals.

Waite freshman makes good

Waite freshman Anna Compos was the other area diver who also made it to state. Although she did not earn All-Ohio honors by finishing in top 16, it’s obvious that her future looks bright.

“I was really pleased,” said Coach Scott TenEyck, who has been coaching divers for 20 years. “She’s worked hard over the last six years. She had a very solid performance at state and we set some goals and accomplished them. This was such a learning experience for her.”

To get to state, Compos finished second at sectionals (360.6) and third at districts (405.05). What’s most impressive about her performance at districts was the fact that she struggled on five of her first 11 dives before turning things around.

Compos, who trains at St. Francis DeSales High School with a divers from both St. Francis and St. Ursula, has benefited from the camaraderie of training with her peers. TenEyck, who has a history of training divers who have advanced to the state meet, including Genoa’s Bailey Dipman last year, said Compos makes sure she focused and relaxed when she’s competing.

“A lot of it is having a belief in yourself,” TenEyck said. “I have to take care of the emotional and psychological aspect. There are 11 dives, and we take it one at a time. I give them encouragement after a dive and sometimes I have to light a fire.”

TenEyck believes there are even better days are ahead for Compos.

“It’s nice to see a young athlete enthusiastic and dedicated to the sport,” he said. “Could I see her winning state? Possibly. I do expect her to be on the podium by her junior year. Each year you get better and know that you belong at the state meet.

“She has the right attitude and mechanics to go far. Her possibilities are endless. I expect her to dive in college.”

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