Clark’s Diving Superstar Garcia is Not Done Yet
Monday, March 05, 2012
At this year's NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Championships Garcia- who hails from New York, New York- finished in first in the 3 meter competition, with a score of 524.95 and finished second in the 1 meter competition, with a score of 460.1.
Garcia was gymnast prior to coming to Clark, a transition common for divers. “I already had air-awareness and experience with flipping, so that was easy.” Garcia said. While her scores from this year are impressive, these are not the best Garcia has ever had. At the last year's NEWMAC Championship Garcia set Clark records for all four diving events. “Every year I've gained something, learned more dives,” Garcia said. “[Diving coach] Laura [O'Tell] understands when to push you past your comfort zone, and when to let you wait and get mentally prepared.”
For eleven dives, Garcia's best at 1 meter was 476. Garcia's winning score of 524.65 at 3 meters this year was 6.7 off of her Clark record of 531.65, set at last year's NEWMAC Championships. Garcia's diving career continues later this month, when she heads to Purdue University to compete in the NCAA Division III Championship.