Men’s diving star reflects on major win

Jackson Parks

Junior Bennet Loving prepares for a dive at a meet against Clayton High School at the Center of Clayton on Oct. 7. Photo by Claire Vogl

Junior Bennet Loving took home his second consecutive State championship at the Class 1 MSHSAA men’s state swimming and diving championship on Nov. 12.

In his high school career, this is Loving’s third time placing in the State championship. He placed third his freshman year, and both his sophomore and junior year he placed first.

After taking home two State championships, Loving is very enthusiastic. He shared his thoughts on his major win.

“I’m feeling pretty good. I got to end the season on a win. The other boys on the dive team did really well,” Loving said.

Loving shared his favorite parts of swimming and diving.
“Mainly the team stuff that we do. We do a lot of activities together, and we all just have a lot of fun together.”

Loving also made sure to mention the people around him who helped him take home the State championship.

“Definitely one of my coaches, Leah, and I’m gonna say (sophomore) Calum Shank and the rest of the dive team,” Loving said.

Loving explained the men’s state swimming and diving championship and what is required.

“At State everyone does 11 dives, and basically whoever does the best wins. You have to have certain dives out of all 11, so you need two of each category, and then you triple up on one. There are five categories,” Loving explained.

About what he thought best achieved his State championship and his personal favorite dive, Loving said, “My front one and a half with the full twist. I think that was my best.”

Jackson Parks – Editor-in-Chief

This will be Jackson Parks’ second year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his sophomore year. He served as Junior Editor his first year on staff.

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