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News Office Blog - Stringers » 2008» April
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Guest Blogger: Doria Holbrook

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Well, it was quite the competition.  I ended up 20th on 3 meter and 22nd on one meter.  Even though I didn’t get into the semi-finals, I was so close on both boards.  The difference between 8th and 20th on 3 meter was 10 points, which is so little.  It was amazing to be in a competition where for the first time, I really felt like I deserved to be there.  It was such a great meet. 

I guess this means the end to my blogging as my Olympic hopefuls are over for this year, but by no means is diving over for me.  There were two masters divers at this meet, one in his forties and one in his fifties who were still diving at the level that I am today.  Just one more example that my career is by no means over.  I am going to keep at it and see what happens with summer nationals.  I’m just not quite ready to give it up. 

 Thanks for being a part of my adventure.  I hope that you have enjoyed following along just a little bit.  Take care!

U.S. Nationals is coming


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I have been really bad about blogging…. sorry.  Anyways, I leave on Saturday for the U.S. Spring Nationals meet and I am more nervous than ever.  Training has been going really well, although doing it by myself has been a bit of a challenge.  I have definitely been struggling with ganors.  I haven’t been able to just relax and go after them.   It’s a confidence thing.  Hopefully, things will come together by the end of this week. 

I compete on Monday.  One meter first and then three meter.  Five dives on each board.  On one meter, there are 17 open spots in semi-finals and 48 girls competing.  On three meter, it’s worse-11 spots and 54 divers.  There are 24 divers in semi-finals, some of those spots, though, are already taken by pre-qualified women.  So, provided everything goes well, I’ll be amongst those top 24 women in the country.  That is truly my goal.  At the semi-finals, 8 women on 1 meter go on to finals and 12 women on 3 meter.  The top 8 women from the finals event in 3 meter qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. 

This is what it all comes down to.  Well, not really.  This meet is by no means the end of my career.  I’ll dive as long as I possible can.  Who knows, maybe I will qualify and do well at the U.S. Summer Nationals, only time will tell.  Wish me luck!