Four years, four SFL diving titles for Granite Bay’s Adams

By: Staff reports
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The reverse 2½ is described by coach Mike Brown as physically difficult and scary, and Elliott Adams nailed it Thursday to win his fourth consecutive Sierra Foothill League diving championship.

Adams received a string of 7s and 54 points on that dive alone, and he totaled 434.2 points on 11 dives to run away with the title at Oakmont. Runner-up Chase Van Liew of Del Oro was second with 310 points.

“It was the best one he’s ever done,” said Mike Brown, the diving coach for all five teams in the Roseville Joint Union High School District.

The reverse 2½ requires walking forward on the board, doing a hurdle and then somersaulting 2½ times backward. Brown said Adams has performed the dive since his sophomore year.

“That is not your run-of-the-mill dive,” Brown said. “Your board work has to be really good. The dive is also difficult because, as you can imagine, it’s scary.”

Brown has coached 21 years in the area, and Adams is the first diver he can remember to win four league championships.

“He’s a great diver and a great competitor, so that’s a big achievement,” Brown said. “It’s not that easy to do.”

Nevada Union’s Adam Seifert and Zach Meyers were third and fourth with 298.5 and 273.35, and Juan Ayala of Granite Bay was fifth with 266.05.

Taylor Day (312.95) and Demi Seghezzi (305.55) produced a 1-2 finish for Nevada Union in the girls category, and Amy Callaway (293.9) of Del Oro was third. Karrisa Conner (282.7) of Granite Bay was fourth and Harlie Hedger (269.25) of Woodcreek fifth.

Other local finishers included Katrina Collins (260.75) and Brandi Mello (257.75) of Woodcreek in seventh and eighth and Amanda Smith (169.05) of Roseville in 10th.

Oakmont senior Sarah Strand fell short of matching Adams’ feat by placing second in the Capital Valley Conference meet. Strand won the Pioneer Valley League title as a freshman and back-to-back SFL crowns in 2009 and 2010.

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