Stasik places fifth in state diving finals


photo by Jay Getty

Stasik finishes 5th at the FHSAA State Diving Championships. He was the only student at Hagerty to place.

On Nov. 4-5, freshman Noah Stasik competed in the states diving competition at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart, Florida. 

Stasik was the only student at Hagerty to place in the states competition, finishing fifth with a score of 393.85 out of 500 possible points, with a less than one point difference between the fourth place finisher, Carson Powers of Oviedo High (394.25). 

“It feels kind of strange [to place so high]; it’s hard to describe,” Stasik said. “It’s kind of overwhelming, but like, ‘Wow, I did that.’” 

Stasik qualified for states after placing second at the diving regionals competition. Coached by Terry Horner, Stasik has been diving for three years at the Rosen Aquatic Center, participating in club diving during the school’s offseason.

Stasik plans to continue diving next year, saying he loves the flexibility the sport gives him. 

“I just like having freedom in the sport. It’s not focusing on the technique as much, I just like the sport because of the flipping ability and somersaults,” Stasik said.