Atlantic City High School's Logan McHenry is the defending state individual boys diving champion. Mainland Regional's Jenna Santora was the state girls runnerup in 2013.
The two seniors scored even higher this year and figure to be among the contenders at the state individual championships at Montgomery High School in Skillman in Somerset County.
The girls state meet is at 5 p.m. today. The boys meet is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday. Both events have a 3 p.m. warmup.
"You never know exactly who will be there until you get there," Atlantic City diving coach Nicole Meuse said. "We know who was at (South Jersey) sectionals, but you're not sure about the ones up north. You just concentrate on your own performance."
Abby Biddulph of Absegami and Riley Cahill of Atlantic City also will compete in the girls meet today.
Santora placed second at the state championships last year with a score of 441.35 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township. Kristen Hayden of Lewis School won with 471.05.
This season, Santora finished second in the Jim Roach Girls 11-Dive Championship to Haddonfield freshman Sophia Peifer on Jan. 23 at Gloucester County Institute of Technology. Biddulph finished fifth. Santora set a Mainland record with a 496.65 score on Feb. 11 at a Cape-Atlantic League batch meet at Egg Harbor Township.
Santora won the CAL Individual 6-Dive championship for the fourth straight year on Jan. 31 at EHT with 235.65 points. Biddulph was second with 208.5 and Cahill third with 195.0.
Santora will dive for NCAA Division I Wagner College (N.Y.) next season.
"It's always on your mind who will be there competing, but I focus more on my own dives," said Santora, an 18-year-old Somers Point resident. "I know if I dive my best I should have somewhat of a chance. It should be good competition."
McHenry won the state title last year at TCNJ with a 513.60. Ethan O'Neill of Cherry Hill East, the 2012 winner, was second with 432.30.
McHenry set a meet record with a 523.0 in winning this year's Jim Roach boys meet. McHenry set an A.C. record Feb. 11 with a 590.9 at the batch meet on Feb. 11 at EHT. McHenry also set a meet mark at the CAL 6-Dive Meet with a 352.85. Teammate Joe Iannelli, who also will compete Wednesday, was third at the CAL Meet.
McHenry will dive for the University of West Virginia next year. The Vikings senior lived in Montgomery Township until the eighth grade. He now lives in Ventnor.
"I'm trying to stay relaxed, and I'll do the best that I can," McHenry, 18, said. "I feel good going into it. I've had a really good season so far. I know a couple people who will be there, mostly Ethan, but other than that I don't know."
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