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photo by Nancy ScholzFallon Tatlow placed seventh representing the Pates. photo by Nancy ScholzFallon Tatlow placed seventh representing the Pates.
Cara Kuykens took eighth place for the Hurricanes. Cara Kuykens took eighth place for the Hurricanes.

District diving event takes place

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty and Freedom divers competed at the District XI Diving Championships last Saturday at Emmaus High School.

In Class AAA girls, Freedom’s Fallon Tatlow placed seventh with a score of 318.15, and Liberty’s Cara Kuykens placed eighth with a score of 307.25.

Also from Freedom, Leigha Evans placed 11th with a score of 273.35, and from Liberty, Alicia Valladares placed 14th with a score of 205.25.

“Cara was excellent,” said Liberty diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer. “Overall I was very happy with her first year out. She had no dives and was able to go to the district meet.”

Kuykens’s best dives on Saturday were her inward dive, her reverse one tuck, and her reverse dive. Her highest degree of difficulty dive, a 2.5, was her back two and a half pike.

Valladares failed one dive, but Zettlemoyer said she had not much chance to practice it.

“What I’m most proud of is that she and Sergio [Alvarez] got their twist dives,” Zettlemoyer said.

Alvarez and teammate, Kellen Rogers, competed in the Class AAA boys’ meet, also on Saturday, when Rogers placed 12th with a score of 283.90, and Alvarez placed 14th with a score of 218.40.

Rogers did well on his forward one and a half somersault pike, his back one somersault straight, and his inward one and a half. Rogers missed his reverse double.

“It was very unexpected because he had been getting 6, 6.5 on it,” said Zettlemoyer.

Nazareth’s Steven Stasolla won the boys’ district meet with a score of 498.65, and Parkland’s Lexi Lehman won the girls’ district meet with a score of 437.70.

All of Liberty’s district divers should be returning next year, to which Zettlemoyer is looking forward.

“Experience and exposure is what we’re working on,” he said.