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Liberty divers look to get better

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s top male divers, Kellen Rogers and Sergio Alvarez, placed second and third in the Hurricanes’ swim meet against Southern Lehigh, and third and fourth in their meet against Easton before the Christmas break.

Rogers’s scores were in the 173 to 175 range.

“Everyone said they saw improvement from last year, so I’m just trying to not be afraid to do higher dds,” Rogers said. “I think I figured out where I was. I got to my feet more. I think my tucks and pikes were tighter. Even though, some of them I wasn’t prepared for, I still did it anyway.”

Rogers was caught a little off-guard in the meet against Easton, when Liberty diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer accidentally scheduled two higher degree of difficulty dives than usual for Rogers.

“I think we did fantastic. Our scores have not been reflective of our diving. I gave Kellen two dives that I don’t normally put in ... so he actually performed way above expectations,” said Zettlemoyer.

Alvarez’s scores were in the 116 to 125 range.

“I’m kind of starting with a rough patch,” Alvarez said. “I don’t have enough time since I’m working at the hospital, so I have to leave early and have to focus on other things, but I feel like after I get used to it, I’ll be able to make it better.”

Alvarez was most pleased with his reverse one during the Easton meet.

“I really don’t do that one. I don’t like it, but it’s one that looks better with me. I spin it good, I jump high enough. I could probably improve it to a double. It’s scary. You’re going against the board,” he said.

For Rogers, it was his back double that he was most happy with.

“Probably the back double is probably the one I feel like I’ve done best so far because even though they scored it really low, I wasn’t over. I got it right in. I went right to the bottom, which is a good sign,” said Rogers.

Zettlemoyer also sees the advances his divers are making.

“I feel good for the year because we have been progressing. We’re not getting rewarded, and I know it has a lot to do with form. That’s only half of diving. I told the ref. And they always do, at the end of diving, they have a sit-down and they talk about scoring, so I think that will be corrected,” he said.