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News Office Blog - Stringers » Blog Archive » A Herculian Conclusion
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Guest Blogger: Doria Holbrook

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A Herculian Conclusion


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I did it. I won the 3 meter competition for the NEWMAC conference, but it wasn’t just a win. I won by over 60 points to someone who has been top 5 at nationals every time she has gone. I can’t even believe it-I’m still in shock. Diving this weekend could not have been any more perfect. I concluded my career in the NEWMAC with the best performance of my career so far. I have never dove the way that I did on Sunday night.

I was aggressive on everything. I conscientiously made a decision that if I was going to make a mistake it would be a big mistake. For the first time in a long time, I wasn’t afraid of making a mistake. I embraced the thought. This mental attitude made all the difference. I went big for everything and I hit it big.

The most memorable dive of the evening was my reverse two and half somersault. I hurdled big. I jumped as high as I could and threw my arms so aggressively it scared me a little. Then, I waited. I saw the water once, twice and then kicked out. I reached so hard for the water. I was tight, reaching for the bottom of the pool, ready to rip and then I did. There was not a splash. It was textbook rip. The judges rewarded me with 8.5’s and a 9. I scored 71 points on that one dive. I typically average around 50. It was such a huge moment and at that point, I knew that I had won the meet.

I finished up my last two dives and had an amazing finish. I broke the NEWMAC, pool and MIT records. It’s a record that won’t be broken for a very long time and I would love to watch the competition of whoever does. I’m so proud and excited at my performance. It’s such an amazing end to the NEWMAC conference and an even bigger boost of confidence going into Nationals.

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    Congratulations!!

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