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Warren’s Page sixth at D10 diving

Submitted Photo Warren freshman Gracie Page receives her sixth-place medal at Saturday’s District 10 2A Diving Championships at McDowell Intermediate High School.

ERIE — Warren freshmen Gracie Page and Kinzlea Chase got their feet wet in postseason competition with top 10 finishes on Saturday at the District 10 2A Diving Championships at McDowell Intermediate High School.

Page earned a sixth-place medal with an 11-dive 346.05 points. Chase (through a co-op with Youngsville High School) was ninth out of 15 divers with 315.75 points.

Fairview finished 1-2 in the meet with seniors Elena Veres and Katie George respectively. They were also the district’s gold and silver medalists, and PIAA 2A qualifiers, last season. Veres repeated on Saturday with 431.60 points and George was runner-up with 419.55.

Harbor Creek freshman Kyra Guntrum was third with 399.60 points. She recently won the McDowell Invitational and was bronze medalist to Veres and George at last month’s North East Invitational.

“The girls performed awesome for their first district competition,” said Warren diving coach Brandon Gregg of Page and Chase. “We had a bit of a rough start with a few missed cues and slip-ups from both divers early, but they came back with a vengeance and finished the second half of the meet stronger than they had been all year.

“The field this year was tough with many of the upperclassmen putting up personal-best scores from all the teams,” added Gregg. “Chase and Page showed a level of control and resilience that was unmatched by their peers with quick and determined recoveries after a rocky start. Both girls performed dives that no other competitor even attempted and won the admiration of coaches, spectators and judges alike. The common question on the pool deck was, ‘Where did you find freshmen like that?’ which in our eyes is the biggest compliment to their hard work this year.

“Although they were missing team captain and district-qualifying senior Eliza Brook, she was just a text message away with words of encouragement for the two young athletes,” said Gregg. “I am very proud of the growth they all showed this year and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for these young ladies.”

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