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Pate divers pick up key points vs. PME

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

Freedom divers Leigha Evans, Fallon Tatlow, and Sarah Gill scored 13 important points for the Patriots in their swim meet against Pocono Mountain East last week at Freedom.

Gill had the highest score of the day with 186.45 points.

“I think my best one was my reverse two because I just got it about a week ago, and I got a higher score than I thought I would,” Gill said. “With diving it’s hard to tell where you land when you go into the water, so you don’t know if it’s really good or kind of good.”

Tatlow was just returning to the diving board after injuring her heel during warm-ups at the Patriots’ first swim meet of the season.

“It’s been kind of hard, but I’m getting back into it,” said Tatlow. “I still have some dives to learn, but the dives I have, I feel pretty good about.”

One dive Tatlow is happy with is her reverse dive.

“I’ve had a lot of fear with my reverses but I’m getting over it. It’s kind of scary because I see the board as I’m going into the water,” she said.

Evans dove all summer with coaches from Nazareth and Easton, and the time spent has paid off.

“It was an awesome thing I did. It helped me stay in shape and up to my level of dives. I feel really good, better than I did last year, and I really like Mrs. Young. She’s awesome,” said Evans.

Lisa Young is Freedom’s new diving coach.

“My back one-and-a-half, I’ve been working on that a lot lately,” Evans said. “I think it’s a fun dive. It’s pretty difficult.”

The Patriots were looking forward to more practice time last week before the EPC diving meet, in which each diver will perform 11 dives instead of the usual six.

“I’ll be able to figure out what dives I have and what dives I’m going to do, and what dives I’ll be able to do, and then practice those, and I’ll be trying some new ones,” said Gill.