MISHAWAKA – Austin Dunithan started his first appearance on the edge, and throughout the night wound up in the same position.
The senior from Wawasee teetered near the cutline of the Mishawaka Boys Diving Regional, sitting in ninth place after the fourth round and wasn’t able to move any higher, taking ninth place to finish just outside qualifying for a state position Tuesday night.
The top eight divers move to the IHSAA State Finals this weekend, and Dunithan was ninth after the fourth, ninth, tenth and eventually the 11th and final round, scoring 340.6 points. Taking the eighth and final spot was Peter Gondeck of Michigan City, who scored a 354.6 in his series. Dunithan was diving in his first-ever regional after placing fourth at the Concord Sectional last weekend.
Three other divers from the Concord Sectional were able to put together state-level series’ Tuesday, including champion Logan Brown of Elkhart Central, who blew away the field with a 523.7 championship score. Brown, an Indiana University recruit and finished fourth in the state finals last February, shattered the sectional record last weekend and heads into the state finals looking to make it an Elkhart County sweep, Sara Troyer of Northridge the state champion of the girls tournament two weeks ago.
Finishing runner-up was Austin Leas of Concord at 460.6 and fifth was NorthWood’s Caden Jenkins, who scored 388.5 points. Leas is looking to improve on his 16th-place finish at last year’s state finals, Jenkins making his first appearance at state.
Also qualifying for state from Mishawaka were Milton Roberts of Crown Point, Jack Schwartz of Valparaiso, Kyle Kirkpatrick of South Bend Riley and Morgan Molenaar of Rensselaer.
Tippecanoe Valley had a pair of divers involved in the regional, but didn’t make it through the opening rounds. Travis Shull finished 18th with a 219 and Zach Hodge was next at 184.15. Also representing the Warsaw Sectional entrants were Justin Moser of Plymouth (16, 220.1) and Theo Mitz of Culver Academy (20, 175.3).