Valley athletes continued to excel on the diving board, and another diver brought home a state title.

Wasilla’s Kade Reynolds won the boys one meter diving event during the ASAA/First National Bank State Swimming and Diving Championships Nov. 6 at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

“I feel great,” Reynolds said during the meet. “I feel we all did our best today.”

Reynolds finished with 508.25 total points in the event. He finished fourth in the 2019 state meet. The meet was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been great we had a season this year. Last year everything got cut short with covid,” Reynolds said.

The Reynolds win marks the seventh state diving championship for Wasilla since 2014. The Warriors swept in 2019, with Andrew Layman and Carrie Mayer winning titles. Jayde Chan was the girls state champion in 2018. Brayden Schachle won three straight boys titles from 2014-2016.

Palmer’s Ally Hrncir finished second in the girls dive with 366.60.

“I’m happy for how I competed,” Hrncir said. “There were some rough parts, but I’m satisfied with what I got.”

Hutchinson’s Grace Greene won the girls title with 373 total points.

“Next year, my senior year, I’m hoping I’ll do better,” Hrncir said.

Hrncir’s finish is the best for Palmer since Chloe Hartman won the girls state title in 2017.

Valley teams placed nine total divers in the finals.

Wasilla’s Deshawn Campbell was third in the boys dive, while Joe Jurva and Travis Thorton and fifth and sixth for the Warriors. Wasilla’s Audrey Dietz was third in the girls dive, and Tori Mack was eighth.

Colony’s Xander Backus was fourth in the girls dive, and Asha Gerteisen was sixth for the Colony girls.

The Colony girls led Valley teams by finishing third in the team standings. The Knights were the runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and also finished third in the 400 freestyle relay and seventh in the 200 freestyle relay.

Jasmine Anderson led the Knights with a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, and was also fifth in the 200 individual medley. Lori Houghton was third in the 500 freestyle. Joscelyn Barrette (fifth in the 50 freestyle and eighth in the 100 freestyle), Josephine Rogness (fifth in the 100 backstroke) and Jasmine Biederman (sixth in the 100 breaststroke) also placed in the finals for the Knights.

Palmer’s Ally Ferguson placed in a pair of girls swimming events, finishing fourth in the 100 freestyle and eighth in the 200 freestyle.

Kristofer Vangorder led Valley boys in the swimming events, with a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle. He was also eighth in the 100 freestyle.

Palmer’s Stewart Sawyer was fourth in the boys 100 butterfly. The Moose were also third in the 200 freestyle relay and fourth in the 400 freestyle relay.

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