State finals slip away from Summit High School’s Hailey Wyatt
Ryan Summerlin February 10, 2013
Summit High’s Hailey Wyatt took 17th of 22 divers at Saturday’s state swim and dive meet in Thornton.
Wyatt was the only Summit High representative at the competition, after qualifying for state at the Western Slope Conference Championships by .30 points.
“She didn’t do as well as she wanted to, but I don’t think she expected the level of competition that was there,” dive coach Joe Baldwin said, explaining that she was among the top divers in the 4A division across the state.
He said she wanted to make finals. She missed making the cut of 16 divers by .25 points.
Wyatt thrived off the pressure, though, the coach said.
“She knew what she had to do, and she executed really well,” Baldwin said, adding that because of Wyatt’s dive rotation, she wasn’t able to do her top three dives – the back somersault one-and-a-half twist, the inward one-and-a-half pike and the front double pike, which is arguably her best.
“It was really great for her to see the type of competition that’s out there,” Baldwin said. “They were doing some good dives, and doing them well.”
Meet results weren’t available as of press time.
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