GRANITE CITY – The Summers-Port Sharks brought some girl power to the Southwestern Illinois Swim Association Diving Championships on Saturday at Paddlers Pool.
The Sharks scored 36 points and had four champions in the girls division en route to their second straight SWISA meet championship. Summers-Port won the three-team meet with 69 points.
“It feels good to win,” said Maggie Evans, who won a title in the 13-14 girls division.
Host Paddlers was second with 59 points and Sunset Hills placed third with 50.
Summers-Port had just six girls compete in the SWISA meet on Saturday. Besides Evans, Ellen Anderson (8 and under), Sophie Rose (9-10) and Carsyn Brown (11-12) also won championships for the Sharks. Summers-Port also had third-place finishes from Mia Eickhoff in the 13-14 division and Paige Mouser in the 15-18 group.
“We’re all really good,” Evans said.
The Sharks clinched the SWISA regular season championship on Tuesday with a 56-32 win over Paddlers at Summers-Port. They finished 2-0 in dual meets.
Paddlers finished with 37 points in the boys division, more than any other team. Jake Curry (9-10), Richie Moore (13-14) and Jake Klee (15-18) won championships.
Taylor Seilheimer was the only Paddlers female to win a SWISA title as she placed first in the 15-18 girls division. It’s Seilheimer’s seventh championship.
“I think we all did really good,” Seilheimer said. “We tried our best and did our best. We all worked really hard to try to win this year. Even though we didn’t, it was fun.”
Last year, Moore placed first in the 9-10 division at the league meet at Summers-Port. On Saturday, the 11-year-old Moore got to move up a division and won his second straight conference title with a score of 143.10.
Moore said competing in the 13-14 division wasn't easy. All competitors get to perform six dives compared to five in the 11-12 division.
“It’s kind of harder considering it’s a lot more dives and you have to practice a lot more,” Moore said.
Curry won his first SWISA championship in the 9-10 boys division after placing third last year.
Klee won his first league title in his first year in the 15-18 boys division. Last year, he placed second in the 13-14 boys division.
“Jake Klee is one of those people who is really athletic,” Paddlers co-coach Betsy Hagnauer said.
Remy Tyrell (8 and under boys) and Adam Powell (11-12 boys) were the only champions for Sunset Hills. A year ago, the Stingrays didn’t get any champions.
Powell, who finished with a score of 111.85, said he was thrilled to come out on top after finishing fifth in the 11-12 boys division last year.
“It feels great because I worked hard in this and last year, I didn’t do as well and it feels good to do well. I worked hard a lot,” Powell said.
Powell said he was also happy that Tyrell won a SWISA title. He finished with a score of 61.15.
“Remy is really good,” the 11-year-old Powell said. “It’s his first year (of diving) and he came in about halfway through the season and he’s really good.”
Sunset Hills scored 36 points in the boys division after having just eight a year ago.
Evans, who will be a freshman at Alton High this fall, finished with a score of 145.75. Last year, she finished second to Seilheimer in the 13-14 girls division.
“I’m glad I got first place because I’m going to dive in high school this year,” the 13-year-old Evans said. “I’m excited because I get to dive with my sister.”
Evans’ sister, Annie, wrapped her first season as head coach of the Summers-Port diving team. She will be a senior at Alton High this fall.
Brown, who had wins over Sunset Hills and Paddlers this year, won a conference championship in her first year in the 11-12 girls division. Last summer, she captured a SWISA title in the 9-10 girls division.
Anderson and Rose won their first league titles on Saturday. In the Sharks’ dual meet against Paddlers on Tuesday, Anderson and Rose placed second in their respective divisions.
Rose said she’s upset that the diving season came to an end on Saturday.
“I only got to go to two meets,” the 10-year-old Rose said. “I wished I could have gone to more, but I’m still happy.”
SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS SWIM ASSOCIATION DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
July 16 at Paddlers Pool
Team scores – Summers-Port 69, Paddlers 59, Sunset Hills 50
8 and under boys – 1. Remy Tyrell, Sunset Hills, 61.15; 2. Chase Milburn, Sunset Hills, 55.70; 3. Stephen Stobbs, Summers-Port, 48.90; 8 and under girls – 1. Ellen Anderson, Summers-Port, 39.25; 2. Aubrey White, Paddlers, 34.55; 9-10 boys 1. Jake Curry, Paddlers, 73.50; 2. Jack Rea, Summers-Port, 71.10; 3. Evan Rolves, Sunset Hills, 70.75; 9-10 girls – 1. Sophie Rose, Summers-Port, 66.85; 2. Abby Weiss, Paddlers, 57.90; Boys 11-12 – 1. Adam Powell, Sunset Hills, 111.85; 2. Tyler Chrenka, Sunset Hills, 111.60; 3. Cade Bobbitt, Paddlers, 99.00; Girls 11-12 – 11. Carsyn Brown, Summers-Port, 113.00; 2. Sydney Lane, Sunset Hills, 98.40; 3. Maddie Milburn, Sunset Hills, 94.55; Boys 13-14 – 1. Richie Moore, Paddlers, 143.10; 2. Leo Rose, Summers-Port, 134.85; 3. Alex Boyer, Sunset Hills, 127.75; Girls 13-14 – 1. Maggie Evans, Summers-Port, 145.75; 2. Macie Sparks, Paddlers, 134.85; 3. Mia Eickhoff, Summers-Port, 120.30; Boys 15-18 – 1. Jake Klee, Paddlers, 202.20; 2. Addison Thomeczek, Summers-Port, 198.80; 3. Hunter Parker, Paddlers, 190.40; Girls 15-18 – 1. Taylor Seilheimer, Paddlers, 249.55; 2. Lydia Hemmings, Sunset Hills, 228.90; 3. Paige Mouser, Summers-Port, 218.70.