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NCAA 3m. Prelims


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Well, it went pretty well.  My optional dives yesterday were so so, but enough to get me in first place.  The good thing about that is that I can only move up!  My voluntary dives today didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped.  I still won preliminaries, but am third going into tonights final.  Kendall is in first, by 10 points and Erica Deur is in second, by 4 points.  

Last year, I was 18 points down going into finals and managed to win the meet, so I have a lot of confidence that I can do that again.  I realized yesterday that I wanted to win so badly that I ultimately made it impossible to relax and just dive.  In order to do well, I have to give myself the liberty of failing.  I have to be able to take risks. 

Tonight, I am not going to watch the scoreboard or listen to the points.  I am just going to dive.  One dive at a time and I am going to go big.  I realize that I run the risk of missing big, but it’s only one meet in my diving career and ultimately doesn’t define my success as a diver.  Tonight is my last meet as a collegiate diver and I want to be in the moment and enjoy all of it.  No matter what happens, I want to know that I left it all on the boards and truly did the best that I could.  I’ll post after the meet, so wish me luck! 

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