Napoleon’s Mara Cashman placed second for the Lady Cats at the Northern Lakes League Diving Championships Thursday at the NHS Natatorium.

Cashman, a sophomore, finished with a score of 447.75 in the 11-dive meet. Southview’s Alexa Walkovich won the NLL title with a score of 452.95.

“She dove consistently, while adding more difficulty to her dive list,” said Napoleon diving coach Kristin Shepard of Cashman’s performance. “Mara missed first place by a mere 5.20 points.”

Also for Napoleon, junior Emma Dirr finished in fourth place with a score of 319.95, while sophomore Tauren Davis placed fifth with a score of 307.50.

“Emma continues to demonstrate growth, improving many of her more difficult dives while fine tuning her less difficult (voluntary) dives,” said Shepard. “Tauren Davis relied on her greatest strength: consistency. She handles the pressure of championship meets with ease.”

Foreign exchange student, Beatrice Tonelle finished in seventh place for the Lady Cats with a score of 252.05.

“Beatrice was competing in her first championship meet, as she arrived in Napoleon with no prior diving experience,” said Shepard. “She has excelled quickly in the sport, earning her place to compete at the NLL meet.”

Tinora’s Lauren Melia competed at the meet, but as an exhibition diver. She finished with a score of 435.20, which would have placed her third.

Napoleon did not have a male diver at the meet.

Perrysburg’s Owen Recker took first place with a score of 516.75, while teammate Connor Patrick was runner-up with a score of 286.40.

Only three divers competed in the boys’ meet.

The NLL swimming championships will complete the swimming and diving championships today at 1:15 p.m. at Bowling Green State University.

Napoleon is the two-time defending boys champion.


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