Osprey ZAP Diving Team Comes Up Big at AAU Diving Competition, Qualifies for Nationals
By Space Coast Daily // February 5, 2019
divers practice at North County Aquatic Center in Sebastian, Florida
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Osprey ZAP Diving came up big at their third AAU diving competition ever.
With only three divers, competing in six events, Osprey ZAP Diving took home four gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal. There were a total of 39 events, 9 teams and 76 divers.
Enroute they had two AAU National qualifying performances.
West Shore Jr./Sr. High School eighth-grader Lillian Altmann captured the 14-15-year-old 1-meter championship with a score 262.25 and 3-meter title with a score of 244.00) events, putting in an AAU Nationals qualifying performance on the 1-meter.
“Lillian is a competitor with prior gymnastics experience,” said Osprey ZAP diving coach Jim Kelly.
“In only her second AAU meet ever, she was not far off for qualifying on both boards. She is already at a level where she is competitive with the best in her 14-15 age division. She is a great twister.”
Future West Shore Jr./Sr. High School diver Eliza Hicks took a strong second place and qualified for AAU Nationals with her great 1-meter performance and score of 206.10.
“Her 3-meter performance was great also, but the qualifying score is a bit higher than 1-meter and consistency will come with more experience,” said Kelly.
“Eliza is quickly gaining on the more experienced divers in her 12-13 age group. And qualifying in only her third meet ever isn’t to0 shabby. She will be a great addition to West Shore Jr./Sr. High School next season.”
In her first-ever diving competition, Brooke Stillwaggon captured two first-place finishes in the 1 and 3-meter boards in the novice division.
“Brooke is the newest of the group and has come along nicely,” said Kelly.
“She comes from skating background and displays lots of strength for a newbie. Novices are the less-experienced divers, but with her continuing-progress, Brooke should be diving in the Jr. Olympic category by our next meet.”
Brooke is a fifth grader at North County Charter Elementary, in Vero Beach, Florida.
All divers practice at North County Aquatic Center in Sebastian, Florida.
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