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Bears dive into fresh start

Bears dive into fresh start

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乐动体育Selma’s swimming team competes in an early season home meet against Reedley on March 8.

乐动体育With a diving team that’s only in its second year, and many of the young swimmers still looking to gain experience, the Selma High School swimming and diving team is looking to make gradual progress in the new season.

Two boys and six girls make up the team. Of the eight divers, however, many are diving for the first time in 2016.

“Everybody with the exception of one person did not dive last year,” Selma diving coach Michelle Loucks said. “I only have one returner. Everybody else is brand new.”

乐动体育The learning curve might be steep, but Loucks has already seen progress in the early part of the season.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a big adjustment because they’ve been receptive. We have to share the pool with the swimmers, but that has all worked out great,” she said. “The hardest part is that they don’t have any experience. There hasn’t been a program close by for them to dive in the summertime.”

乐动体育In a way, however, Loucks is pleased to see the lack of inexperience.

乐动体育“I get to mold them the way I want them. I don’t have to break bad habits or anything,” she said.

The goal for the season is to get six different types of dives from each diver — forward, backward, inward, reverse, twist and one optional dive.

“To compete in a league meet, you have to be able to do six dives,” Loucks said. “Getting them to do a dive from each category with no experience is a huge feat in itself.”

At the Central Sequoia League finals last year, Batth took third in the 100-meter backstroke, and finished fourth in the 200-meter freestyle. With some improved techniques in the new season, Batth is looking for better results.

If you would like to reach this reporter contact tkassahun@selmaenterprise.com

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