CANTON: Cuyahoga Falls senior Haleigh Bartlett is a Division I state champion.
She won the 1-meter girls state diving meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium today with 482.35 points after 11 dives. Bartlett placed third as a sophomore in this competition and second as a junior.
Avon Lake senior Morgan Srail placed second with 473.75 points. Centerville junior Morgan Mullins took third with 466.85 points.
Hudson juniors Taryn McLaughlin and Rachel Speakman placed fourth and eighth, respectively. McLaughlin compiled 450.05 points, and Speakman posted a score of 420.75.
Jackson junior Josie McKee finished 12th with 395.90 points.
Cuyahoga Falls senior Haleigh Bartlett
“This feels awesome and I am really proud of myself. I feel really good about my dives today.”
My inward, one-and-a-half pike was really good and then I was really pleased with my reverse dive pike. My last dive was also memorable because it was the winning dive. That was the back-one-and-a-half with a half twist.”
“The next step is college. I am looking at the University of Akron, the University of Utah, Ohio University and Miami University. I plan on diving in college and will probably be making a decision sometime in March.”
Cuyahoga Falls coach Peter Nauman
“This is our first girls state champion in swimming and diving. We are extremely proud of her. She did an outstanding job. I said it at the beginning of the season and all the way to the end, that we wanted this to be the storybook finish. She was third as a sophomore and second as a junior, and now she is first as a senior. We wanted that storybook finish and we got it.”
“Her last three dives have always been the strongest part of her program. I have said that all year. Today, she started out of the blocks with her best couple of dives first. That really set the tone and she led wire-to-wire. It was definitely close all the way, but she managed to hold the slim lead.”
“After the fifth round she was ahead and there were six dives left. She is undefeated in six dive programs throughout her entire high school career [with approximately 36 dual meet wins]. I told her to relax, enjoy this and remember this feeling for the rest of your life. She did just that. She relaxed and won.”
“Chris Medvedeff and Kristin Dodson at the Akron Rippers Diving Club do all the hard work. I just show up and take the curtain calls as her high school coach.”
“She had to do a great dive in the end to win the state title and she did it. We told her to get in with a really clean entry and she did exactly that.”
Hudson junior Taryn McLaughlin
“This is definitely really exciting because we didn't even make state last year. To be on the podium together is really awesome.”
Hudson junior Rachel Speakman
“I am trying to soak all of this up. This is a good way to end the season. I am happy with this.”
Hudson coach Dan Miller
“I couldn't be more happy. They both dove really well.”
“For Taryn, she put together just a solid 11 dives. She didn't miss a single dive the whole meet. In her last three dives she scored 150 points. That moved her up from eighth place to fourth.”
“Rachel, specifically, didn't start off the way she normally does with her first two dives, but we were able to see how well she just stayed consistent and solid and posted one of her better scores of the year.”