Rosener ready for first state trip |

Rosener ready for first state trip

FARMER’S KORNER – Tasha Rosener didn’t find real focus with her diving until she hit her head on the board last season and, six stitches later, finally knew what strategies are all about.

Rosener, a junior at Summit High School, will be the only member of the Summit girls swimming and diving team to compete in the Class 4A State Championships, which take place Friday and Saturday in Loveland.

Although she came close to landing state-qualifying scores last year, it was joining a club in Denver over the summer and a few isolated incidents in her training that have helped guide her into this season. She has won the diving event at every single every SHS meet, save one where she took second.

One such learning incident was when she was practicing inward dives last season and hit her head on the board. Although she took a trip to the emergency room and was more tentative on the board during the following weeks, she said the helmet she received as a gag gift at the end of the season and the overall experience helped her become a better diver.

“In a way, it was nice for me when I did that, because it got me a lot more focused,” said Rosener, who has been training for state all week. “I’ve learned that if I don’t want to be laughed at, I have to do it right. There are so many people watching, and you are the only one on the board. If something happens, I’ll be the laughing stock for a week. So much of it is mental. This year, I’ve taken it a lot more seriously.”

Mentally, Rosener has it dialed in now. Physically, she’s got a lot of talent, according to Summit High diving coach Julie Sutor.

“She has great acrobatic ability,” Sutor said. “She springs and twists very well and has great form. All those things together make a great diver. She also has a good sense of her own body and what it’s doing in the air. I can tell her to make a correction, and she’ll immediately know exactly what I’m talking about and change it.”

Sutor said she thinks Rosener will finish in the top five of the 30 4A divers competing. Although Rosener isn’t specifically planning to have a podium finish Saturday, she wants to do well enough to prove she can make a run at a state title before she graduates next year. She is excited, but not terribly nervous about her first state competition.

“Whenever I think about it, it’s little butterflies, but it’s not like, “Oh, my God,'” she said. “I’m pretty much used to the competing factor – I can control my nerves – it’s just the fact that it’s state, and it’s my first year there.

“I just want to have fun with it. I want to make myself happy. I’m looking to (finish) in the top 10. When I set realistic goals and standards like that, I usually make them. It would be awesome to get that (state) title. That’s definitely a goal for next year. I just want to see where I compare this year.”

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