Ginocchetti Finishes 10th At PIAA Championships
LEWISBURG — Valley West’s Sophia Ginocchetti kept an eye on the far end of Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium where medals were being presented to the PIAA’s top eight Class 3A girls divers.
Each year, Ginocchetti has inched closer and closer to getting to the medal stand. This year, her junior season, Ginocchetti got just about as close as possible without being part of the awards presentation, finishing 10th with a total of 382.
But one look was enough to light a fire for next year that she hopes will end with a state medal.
“Exactly,” she said with a smile when asked if seeing the presentation gave her an extra motivation.
Ginocchetti admitted the day began a little rough, but she gradually improved as the competition wore on.
“At the beginning, I was a little nervous, kind of shaky,” she said. “Toward the third dive, I started to get in the groove of things.”
After the first round of five dives, Ginocchetti sat ninth. In the next set of three dives that made up the semifinal round, Ginocchetti produced good scores, including a 44 on her eighth attempt. However, the talented Class 3A field wasn’t allowing an opening in the top eight.
“It was tough to see that, but compared to last year I’m pretty proud with how I held my own,” Ginocchetti said.
After taking a slight break, Ginocchetti said she’s going to be back on the board, starting work toward another shot next year.
“I’m probably going to take two weeks off then start training again after two weeks,” she said.
“Next year, I’m going to work harder all season and hopefully get my (degree of difficulty) up and work on perfecting the dives.”
Ginocchetti improved from 16th at states her sophomore year to 10th this year. She won her second straight District 2 championship in record fashion, leaving her positive with how the year played out.
“This whole season was awesome, minus flubbing a few dives at states,” she said. “But honestly I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”
North Penn dominated the competition on Friday, as its divers swept the top four places.
Paige Burrell edged out teammate Meghan Wenzel for the state championship 492.2-485.05.
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