First Posted: 2/25/2014
Lake-Lehman junior Matt Edkins appears to be peaking at just the right time.
Edkins turned in a career-best effort Feb. 22 at the Wilkes-Barre CYC while also setting a meet scoring record and repeating as District 2 Class AA boys diving champion.
“He was very consistent throughout the whole meet, which is really important, especially when you’re doing 11 dives,” Lake-Lehman diving coach Erin Yurko said. “And, he really hit a few of his bigger dives, which helped catapult him up with that score.
“His inward 1 ½ was his best dive of the meet.”
Edkins used the execution of that dive and a dive that he added to the mix this season to help separate himself from runner-up Patrick Madaya of Dallas and break the 10-year-old record held by Alaric Eby, a Dallas diver who followed up his record performance with a state championship.
“He learned a new dive, which has a higher degree of difficulty, which also helps,” Yurko said.
Edkins has been using the 1 ½ somersaults with 1 ½ twists throughout the season, but the district meet represented his best scoring on that dive.
The district title was the third straight for Edkins, who finished sixth in the state as a freshman and third last year. He will try to continue his climb when the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships open at Bucknell University March 12.
“He has put in a lot of time this season, even with the snow, which kind of hindered us a little bit through January,” Yurko said. “We got in as much practice as we could and he really put in a lot of hours while we were there. He got in quality diving time.”
Edkins posted a score of 483.55. Madaya, who finished 10th in the state last season, moved up from third to second in the district with a score of 424.65 and landed a return trip to Bucknell.
Keith Gillette was fourth, Nick Malkemes eighth and Nick Mathers ninth for Dallas.
Kiera Gross finished second in Class AA girls for Dallas, also earning a state berth. Annie Gromelski of Abington Heights outscored her for the title, 354.6-341.8.
Maddy Ross of Dallas was ninth and teammate Carly Perloff was 13th.
The swimming portion of the District 2 championships was being conducted this weekend at the CYC.