The Carolina Diving Academy, based in Huntersville, successfully defended its title at the USA Diving Region 3 Championships March 3-4 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Eight Charlotte-are divers qualified for the USA Diving East National Championships.
Carolina Diving Academy not only beat all the North Carolina teams competing, including the American School for Diving at Duke University and Tar Heel Diving at University of North Carolina, but also teams from South Carolina, Virginia, the Atlanta Diving Association (Georgia Tech), Charles River Diving (Harvard), Centennial Diving (LaSalle) and the Pitt Aquatic Club (Pittsburgh).
“This was one of the most competitive regional meets I have ever seen,” said Aaron Hintz, Carolina Diving Academy’s coach. “There were spectacular divers in nearly every event. It was really special for our divers to meet these teams head on and, as a group come out ahead. Now we have to regroup and focus on East Nationals in April.”
The top six finishers in each event advanced to the USA Diving East National Championships. The CDA qualifiers are:
• Jocelyn Porter, 13, Cornelius, who was first in the 12-13 girls 1-meter and 3-meter springboard competitions.
• Nikki Canale, 13, Waxhaw, placed second in the 12-13 girls 1-meter springboard event and third on 3-meter.
• Sara Maleski, 15, Waxhaw, came in fourth in the 16-18 girls 3-meter springboard competition and eighth on 1-meter.
• Kaitryana Leinbach, 14, Charlotte, finished sixth in the 14-15 girls 1-meter springboard event and seventh on 3-meter.
• Kolbein Bjugan, 10, Charlotte, placed fourth in the 11-under boys 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
• Alexis Kleshik, 10, Charlotte, came in fourth in the 11-under girls 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
• Ben Johnson, 10, Charlotte, placed fifth in the 11-under boys 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
• Jackson McGeogh, 8, Huntersville, finished sixth in the 11-under boys 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
Other medal winners include:
• Emily Hurd, 9, seventh in the girls 11-under 1-meter.
• Erin Lee, 14, Huntersville, eighth on 1-meter and 3-meter in the girls 14-15 springboard.
• Adyson Lowe, 15, Huntersville, ninth in 1-meter springboard and 13th in 3-meter in the girls 16-18 competition.
• Karly Adams, 14, Huntersville, 10th in the 14-15 girls 1-meter springboard.
• Harrison Mitchell, 16, Davidson, 10th in the 14-15 boys 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
Knights lose a close one
The Lake Norman Charter girls soccer team dropped to 1-1 after a 5-4 loss to Concord Cannon on March 6. The Knights had two goals by Riley Kane, and one apiece by Erin Iknayan and Rina Leonidas.
Anna Estep scored four goals for Cannon, which was playing its season opener.
Hough remains unbeaten
The Hough High girls soccer team improved to 2-0-1 with a 2-1 victory against Ardrey Kell on March 5. Hanna Robinson and Shannon Merriman scored goals for Hough, which is ranked No. 5 in the N.C. 4A poll.
Davidson Day’s Davis wins award
Davidson Day senior Rashun Davis was named a Class 2A player of the year by the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association. Davis shared the award with Northside Christian Academy’s Justin Gordon.
Davis, a point guard who signed with Radford University, also was named to the all-NCIAA team, with guards Anton Gill (Raleigh Ravenscroft) and Theo Pinson (High Point Wesleyan), forward Sam Hughes (Greenfield) and center Will Weeks (Arden Christ School).
Summer basketball camp
Registration is open for the Back 2 Basix summer basketball camp for players ages 5-16. The camps will be at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics June 11-15, June 18-22, July 9-13 and August 13-17. Campers must provide their lunch. Each camper will receive a certificate and Back 2 Basix memorabilia.
A parent orientation meeting will be held at 3 p.m. June 3 in HFFA’s Craighead meeting room. Register at www.ba2ba.org, or mail forms to Back 2 Basix, P.O. Box 853, Huntersville, NC 28070.
Former Gardner-Webb player Thomas Turner will direct the camps. For information, call 704-999-3781.
Sign up for Cardio Tennis
The Cornelius PARC Department, in coordination with the Lake Norman Tennis Academy, will offer Cardio Tennis for adults this spring. Players of any level are welcome. The class is designed to provide a serious workout while hitting plenty of tennis balls.
There are two options – every Monday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., March 12 until May 7 (no class April 2), or every Tuesday from 6:40 to 7:40 p.m. March 13 until May 8 (no class April 3).
The cost is $72 for either eight-week session, with a $10 additional fee for non-residents. Register online at www.cornelius.org/parc. For information, go to www.cornelius.org/parc or call 704-892-6031.