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Swimming and Diving: Miller finishes sixth at state, Burleigh 10th

Meghan Miller smiles after receiving her sixth place medal at the Class 2A state finals on Friday. (Bulletin photo by Blaze Fugina)1 / 2
Melissa Parker swims in the 100-meter freestyle at the Class 2A state meet on Friday. (Bulletin photo by Blaze Fugina)2 / 2

Woodbury senior Meghan Miller wrapped up her high school career with another podium finish in the Class 2A state swimming and diving finals on Friday.

Miller headed into the final three dives of the state meet at the University of Minnesota needing to do some work to get back on the podium. She was in 11th place after the first eight dives Wednesday with a score of 258.15.

“The first day I did not dive well,” she said. “You know, bad meets just happen.”

Miller was confident with what she did on Friday. Divers often save their best attempts for last in competitions, and Miller was able to take advantage. She ended up finishing sixth in the state with a final score of 379.75.

“The last three dives I do are my favorite ones,” Miller said. “The ones I am most confident in, I would say.”

The sixth place finish was Miller’s third and final podium of her career. She placed third as a junior at the 2015 state meet and sixth in 2014.

Although she has been one of the more decorated divers in the state over the past few years, Miller said receiving medals was not the favorite part of her high school career. She said she would remember the time she spent with her teammates over the years.

“No amount of medals or first place meets will match all the memories I made,” Miller said.

Burleigh takes 10th

East Ridge senior Olivia Burleigh finished 10th in the final high school diving meet of her career.

Burleigh positioned herself in the top half of the Class 2A standings after scoring a 278.80 in the semifinal rounds.

“The beginning of the meet went really, really well,” Burleigh said. “I dove a lot better than I usually do.”

Burleigh ended up placing 10th after she was not able to duplicate her success from the semifinals. Her finals score was 364.30.

“Today wasn’t as good, but it happens,” she added.

Burleigh has made the decision not to dive in college, instead focusing on her education as a pre-med major. But she said she would miss the opportunity to compete in big meets like state and hang out with her teammates.

“I think moments like this with everyone watching, and just fun practices with people,” she said.

Parker wraps up first state meet

Woodbury sophomore Melissa Parker made her first career appearance at the state meet this week and qualified for the consolation finals in both of her events.

Parker finished 12th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.17 seconds. She also took 11th in the 100 freestyle in 52.65 seconds.

After seeing her opponent’s times heading into the state prelims, Parker said she was not surprised that she was able to qualify for the consolation finals.

“I looked at the psych sheet, and I saw that I was seeded 10th," she said. So I thought I had a pretty good shot."

Both of Parker’s times on Friday were not quite as fast as what she was able to do in the state preliminary rounds on Thursday. But she was not disappointed.

“I didn’t go as fast as I did yesterday, but I’m still happy with what I did today,” she said.