Dutch divers sweep top three spots

ST. MARYS - The diving portion of the 2012 District 9 Swim & Diving Championships was held on Thursday evening at the SMAHS natatorium. The Lady Dutch and Dutchmen were well-represented, with six of the 13 divers from the participating teams of Clearfield, DuBois and St. Marys. The Dutchmen swept the top three spots for the evening, with Jake Burns coming out on top with 362.80 points and Tim Mosebarger next with 341.75 points. Kyle Pistner clinched third place with 339.65 points, while teammate Josh Reed finished sixth with 214.15 points. Clearfield’s Ricky Clark took fourth with 313.65 points, while Matt Rippy came in fifth with 253.65 points.The domination by the Dutchmen squad resulted in a total score of 50 for St. Marys and 21 for Clearfield. “This is a real nice lead heading into the swim competition tomorrow,” said head diving coach Eric Wonderling. “All of the guys dove very well tonight as indicated by their great scores.”The Lady Dutch were lead by Maranda Leidwinger, who finished fifth with 302.95 points. Alette Kraknes placed sixth with 258.9 points, followed by Lexi Hanes in seventh with 218.16 points.Like the Dutchmen, the Lady Bisons swept the top three podium positions. Clearfield’s Jessica Shomo took top honors with 420.8 points, followed by Sarah Lowder with 318.25 points and Misty Knapik with 317.5 points. DuBois' sole diver, Brennan McMillen, was fourth with 317.4 points, just one-tenth point out of third place.The Clearfield girls walked away with 41 points for the evening, while St. Marys had 26 and DuBois 11.“We are proud of our girls, as they did very well in the 11-dive format,” said Wonderling. “This is the first district competion for all of them so they really made an impressive showing, which is good experience heading to regionals next week.”Day two of the competition commences tomorrow at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford natatorium. Teams representing District 9 in the swim competition are Bradford, Brookville, Clearfield, DuBois and St. Marys.