MISHAWAKA — A pair of local divers will represent Northwest Indiana in Saturday’s girls swimming and diving state finals.
Rensselaer sophomore Darian McAdow and Munster junior Moria Glowacki took sixth and eighth place, respectively, in the Mishawaka regional on Tuesday to advance to the championship meet. It marks the first time either advanced to state.
“My number one goal was to get eighth and just get in,” McAdow said. “This was even better than that. Now all that’s left is to go to state and have fun with it.”
Northridge’s Sara Troyer won the overall meet with 531.1 points. McAdow scored 386.1 points while Glowacki registered 365.10.
Glowacki just barely beat out Chesterton senior Piper Downing for the final state qualifying spot, scoring .3 points better after eleven dives.
“It’s honestly just really exciting,” Glowacki said. “I didn’t think I would make it this far. I mean, I put this on my 2018 bucket list but just honestly didn’t know for sure. It’s all just very exciting.”
Chesterton’s Marina Wienberg took 11th place overall. Crown Point’s Emma VanProoyen was 12th, Chesterton’s Sarah Schimpft was 14th, Munster’s Eleanor Wilson was 15th and Valparaiso’s Mary Warner rounded out local divers in 16th place out of 20 total competitors.
The top 12 made the finals of the regional competition.
Glowacki cut things close to clinch her own spot in Saturday’s final meet of the season.
The former gymnast-turned diver said her competitive nature kept her in the know as far as where she stood against the competition but that she also tried to focus on herself rather than her competitors.
“At the end just being able to make it is insanely rewarding considering how much time and effort we put into this,” she said.
McAdow agreed. And while she admitted she’ll celebrate her sixth-place finish for the time being she was quick to point out that it all starts over again in a few short days on an even brighter stage, in Indianapolis.
“It’s honestly just awesome,” she said. “I really can’t wait for Saturday and to be able to compete there.”
McAdow broke a school record while punching her spot in the state finals. She said she knew after her last dive that she was in a comfortable spot to qualify but that she also received constant texts from her parents during the meet to give her scores and an exact understanding of where she stood any given moment.
Sometimes, that’s information overload.
“I try to kind of shoo it away,” McAdow said. “I don’t want to get myself too worked up over it.”