GODFREY — Next summer, Jessie Miller will not be returning as the Summers-Port Sharks' diving coach.
"I'm taking care of my baby," Miller said.
Miller will be expecting her first child next month, which led her to make the decision to step down as the Sharks' diving coach after 10 years.
"In the beginning of the year, I started thinking about it," said Miller, who was an assistant coach for two years before being promoted in 2005. "But then towards the end, I kind of knew it for sure, sadly. Maybe in a few years, I'll be back. You'll never know."
The Sharks gave Miller a nice sendoff on Saturday. For the first time in three years, Summers-Port celebrated a Southwestern Illinois Swim Association diving championship after winning the three-team league meet at home. The Sharks finished first with 47 points.
"We went out with a bang," Miller said.
Paddlers, which won the SWISA diving championship the last two years, placed second with 39 points. The Pirates were outscored 28-16 in the girls' division.
"Our kids dove well and they worked hard all year," Paddlers coach Kevin Harris said. "They came out today and did the dives the best they could. We had quite a few firsts and quite a few seconds, so I thought we represented ourselves well today. I'm proud of each and every one of them."
Sunset Hills finished third with four points. Tyler Powell was the team's top performer with a second-place finish in the 8-and-under boys division.
Summers-Port edged Paddlers 40-39 in a dual meet on Tuesday at Paddlers. At one point of the meet, the Sharks led 30-19.
"We had some divers not there, but they realized that they have to put the work in to come out today and really step it up and I think they did," Harris said. "They stepped up their game and everybody dove well today."
Summers-Port never trailed in Saturday's SWISA meet. After getting first and second-place finishes in the 9-10 and 11-12 girls divisions, the Sharks led 31-22.
Miller said she didn't expect her team to win Saturday's SWISA meet by eight points.
"I told (assistant coach) Matt (Quigley) right before we started tallying up the scores, I said it's going to be very close," Miller said. "But they surprised me."
Carsyn Brown won the 9-10 girls' division with a score of 78.35. She placed first in the dual meet against Paddlers on Tuesday.
"She has been diving for many, many years and she has always shined," Miller said.
Luke Davis won the 8U boys with a 47.95, Jake Roth finished first in the 13-14 boys in 148.80, Paige Mouser won the 11-12 girls championship with a 123.00 and Annie Evans placed first in the 15-18 girls' division with a 217.80.
The Sharks had second-place finishes from Maya Stephan (8U girls), Jack Evans (9-10 boys), Callie Mossman (9-10 girls), Addison Thomezeck (11-12 boys), Mia Eickhoff (11-12 girls), Maggie Evans (13-14 girls) and Sam Gross (15-18 boys).
Abby Weiss (8 and under girls), Richie Moore (9-10 boys), Hunter Parker (11-12 boys), Taylor Schlimer (13-14 girls) and Cole De Yong (15-18 boys) won SWISA championships for Paddlers.
Harris said he was pleased with the efforts from Weiss, Moore and Parker.
"They learned a lot of dives this year to be able to be in this meet and that's not easy after one year of diving to learn enough dives to get into the conference meet," the Paddlers coach said. "They did a great job."
De Yong and Betsy Hagnauer, who finished second in the 15-18 girls' division, competed in the SWISA diving championship meet for the last time on Saturday.
"They both came out here and did a great job for us this year," Harris said. "They were leaders all year with our team, helped the little kids out and helped me when I couldn't be there. I'm very proud of them and I know they've got a bright future in front of them."
The Pirates also had a second-place finish from Jake Klee in the 13-14 boys' division. Matt Quigley is stepping down as Summers-Port assistant coach after three years because he's planning to go to school in California.