Senior diver Will Guedes’15 finished fourth in the 3-meter diving event and second in the 1-meter diving event at Division III NCAA Regionals this weekend. Colin Grogan ’18 and Madeline Woods ’18 also competed for the Hornets at Regionals hosted at the University of Chicago.
With his high scores, Guedes qualified for Division III NCAA Championships for his third time in three attempts. He scored 563.00 in the 3-meter diving event and 538.15 in the 1-meter event.
“It was the strongest region I’ve ever seen, but it was fun and the freshmen did very well,” said Guedes.
Grogan was one of the first years to perform well in his first NCAA Regionals appearance. He finished 24th in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 406.15 and 17th in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 434.60.
Woods, another first year, also performed admirably for the Hornets, and did so in record-setting fashion. She broke the school record for 1-meter 6 dives by scoring 270.80. Woods finished 10th overall in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 431.90. She followed that performance up by finishing 11th in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 433.20.
When asked if he gave the younger divers any advice, Guedes said, “I just asked them to have fun. If at the end of the day you don’t have fun, you’re not doing it right.”
The divers left Kalamazoo Friday morning and returned from Chicago Saturday night at midnight. Guedes described the meet as moving very slowly and taking a large mental toll.
Next up for Guedes will be NCAA Division III Nationals from March 18 to March 21 held in Shenandoah, Texas. He goes in hoping to win trophies, but says that just giving it all and having fun is the most important part.
“I really want to give it my all, I don’t want to leave anything behind,” said Guedes. This will be his last ever event as a Kalamazoo College diver. After Nationals he will evaluate his performance and look at his priorities. He may consider trying to qualify for the Brazilian Olympic diving team, but if not, he has a job at Goldman Sachs lined up.
Guedes will be joined at Nationals by fellow K swimmers Christina Park ’17, Ellen Neveux ’17, Colleen Orwin ’17, and Tristyn Edsall ’17, who qualified in the 200-yard medley relay. Edsall also qualified individually in the 50-yard freestyle.