Atlantic City High School diver Logan McHenry came up with his best performance ever Thursday at the biggest moment - the State Individual Boys Diving Championship.
McHenry won the state title as he scored a career-high 513.60 points for 11 dives in the meet at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township. He topped 15 other divers from around the state.
"I nailed almost all my dives, and the others were good, too," said McHenry, a 17-year-old junior from Ventnor. "I feel really good because it was one of my goals to break 500 points. I'm feeling great (about winning the title)."
McHenry beat defending champion Ethan O'Neill of Cherry Hill East, who was second with a total of 432.30. Cumberland Regional's Johnathan Morris took third with 431.95 and Egg Harbor Township's Ben Balesteri was fourth with 381.50.
"I felt like I had a very good shot," McHenry said. "My dives have been scoring pretty high, and I've been doing them well in practice leading up to (the state meet).
"During the meet, I tried not to think about whether I was leading. If I knew that, it might give me a false sense of security and throw my dives off."
McHenry also won the South Jersey Coaches' Division A Boys 6-Dive Meet and captured his second straight CAL individual boys diving title.
His previous-best 11-dive total was 497.65 at a Cape-Atlantic League batch meet on Feb. 6 at EHT.
"I'm really excited and happy for him, because he worked so hard," said Nicole Meuse, the Atlantic City High School diving coach.
"Our practices were at 5:30 in the
morning, because that's the only time we could get pool time. He did the best he ever did. He stayed focused and didn't worry about the other competitors."
McHenry was third at the state meet last year with a score of 403.75 as O'Neill, then a freshman, won with a 436.40 total.
McHenry felt his best dives Thursday were his back dive, his reverse dive, his front 1 somersault, and his inward 1 somersault. His final dive was a forward 2 somersault in a pike position. Meuse said that his back dive got straight 9s from the five judges.
"I was watching how Logan was doing against Ethan, and after the eighth dive I felt Logan was pulling ahead by a lot," Meuse said. "He was getting mostly in the 7 to 8 range. But I didn't say anything to him because I wanted him to stay focused."
Absegami's Austin Goodwin took 11th in the meet with a 252.30 total. Egg Harbor Township's Grayson Frantz was 14th (238.15).
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