Whitney and Rocklin dive into section championships

Gonet second, Shillingburg fourth
By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
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With the league swim seasons for Rocklin High and Whitney High quickly coming to an end, the diving season is also coming to a close. ?It?s always been a part of the swim team and counted just like another swim event, such as freestyle. Typically, schools don?t really advertise it, because it?s hard to find a diving coach and there is more danger in the sport,? said Whitney High School swim coach, Kari Ustaszewski. Divers from the Roseville area are sent to Oakmont, where they are coached by diving coach, Mike Brown. ?Because there is such a limited number of athletes, it is a lot easier if they all get together for practice,? Ustaszewski said. Whitney just finished competing in the CAL Diving Championships, where senior, August Gonet took second place in the boys? varsity division. This is Gonet?s first year diving for Whitney. He previously dove for Forest Lake Christian High School. Along with Gonet, Whitney has six other divers. One was recruited from the swim team and a few others were recruited from cheer. ?With their tumbling experience, we figured they might be good at diving. We asked who was interested and we had new people try it out,? Ustaszewski said. Rocklin High School also just finished their SFL diving championships. Rocklin?s Taylor Shillingburg placed fourth in the girls? varsity division. Granite Bay?s Karrisa Conner took first in the SFL varsity girls and Del Oro?s Chase Van Liew earned first for varsity boys. CAL diving sections at Bella Vista High School and SFL diving sections at Johansen High School will be held on May 3-4.