Year in Review 2011: Karrow finishes second in state diving competition
Sometimes in sports, you just have to tip your cap to your opponent and say "Well done."
Defending state diving champion and East Ridge junior Jenna Karrow finished in second place at the 2011 Class AA Minnesota State High School League state meet held Nov. 17 to 19 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
In the diving contest, competitors perform five dives in the preliminary round before cutting to 20 divers for the semifinals on day No. 1. Then, the top 16 divers reach the finals on day No. 2.
Forest Lake senior Jessie Ramberg led the diving competition from start to finish, winning the Class AA state title, unseating Karrow. Ramberg scored a meet-best 472.05 in 11 dives. Karrow was second with 433.75 points.
"I think Jenna put a lot of pressure on herself coming back as the state champion," East Ridge diving coach Drew Brown said after the meet. "There's a lot of very good competition. I think she handled today very well and had a great last three dives."
Karrow said she was disappointed with the finish and that nerves played a factor in the result.
"I just let them get to me I guess," Karrow said. "When I get nervous I do bad approaches. I guess that's what happened."
To reach state, Karrow set new Section 3AA and pool diving records with a score of 493.4 points on at Cottage Grove Middle School.
In addition to Karrow, East Ridge senior Rachel Treadway competed in the 2011 state meet.
Treadway, a senior, finished 24th in the 100-yard butter fly at the state meet with a time of 1:00.67 in the preliminary round, but fell short of a finals berth. Treadway joined Karrow at the state meet after earning second place in the 100-yard butterfly at the section meet with a time of 1:01.05. The two Raptors combined for 17 points at the state meet, which put East Ridge in 26th place out of the 34 teams represented. Edina won the meet handily with 316 points.