Palo Alto divers win titles at Region 10 championships


It has been quite a month for Palo Alto High senior divers Mimi Lin and Reed Merritt, who have brought home titles in their past three meets.

Both won individual honors at the Palo Alto Invitational on April 23. They followed that up by each winning their four consecutive titles at the SCVAL De Anza Division Championships on April 26.

A few days later, both Lin and Merritt were on a plane to Utah for the USA Diving Junior Region 10 Championships that wrapped up this past weekend in Provo.

Lin swept the 1- and 3-meter events in the Girls 16-18 division. She scored 426.65 points on the 1-meter and 454.25 points on the 3-meter.

Menlo-Atherton junior Mia Paulsen was second on the 1-meter (415.35) and fourth on the 3-meter (421.00). Gunn junior Marisa Agarwal was third on the 3-meter board (429.95) and 12th on the 1-meter (369.80) while senior teammate Vivian Zhou was eighth on the 1-meter board (376.00).

Merritt won the Boys 16-18 title on the 3-meter board with 554.10 points and took second in the 1-meter with 484.40. Finishing eighth in both events was defending Central Coast Section champ Nick Mamola of Santa Teresa, who beat Merritt in last year's CCS finals by less than five points.

The top finishers in each event qualify for the Zone F Championships, set for July 10-10 in Tucson, Ariz. The top finishers there will advance to the AT&T USA Division National Championships from Aug. 1-14 in Moultrie, Ga.

Next up for all the local divers, however, will be the CCS Trials (May 13) and finals (May 14) at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.

Based on recent meets, Lin is favored to defend her title while Merritt is favored to win his first.

"No doubt," said Paly coach Danny Dye. "The closest one to Mimi is Mia Paulsen . . . and Reed knows he should have won last year -- he's gunning for it."

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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