Pound Ridge Divers Help Whirlwind Win Own Invitational

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Stamford's Sean Burston won on the 3-meter board for Whirlwind. Photo Credit: Contributed

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. --  The  New Canaan YMCA Whirlwind Diving Team captured the team first place prize at the annual Whirlwind Winter Weekend Invitational Diving Meet held at the New Canaan YMCA last weekend. Divers from Pound Ridge helped lead Whirlwind to victory.

There were 214 registered divers competing for 18 teams at the meet.  Whirlwind easily won in both the boys and the girls team competitions for a total combined score of 483.50 points, besting the second place team, High Dive Champions of Purchase, NY, by over 65 points.

Whirlwind Diving had individual double winners at both ends of the age range.  Representing the 9-and-under boys, Whirlwind diver August Hibler of Pound Ridge took first place in both the 1-meter and the 3-meter events with personal bests in both events.

High school All American diver Kirsten Parkinson of Stamford won the 1- and 3-meter boards in the 16-18 girls competition., also with a personal best score on 3M.

Other Whirlwind event winners included Timothy Luz (Darien, 14-15 boys) on 1M, high school All American Sean Burston (Stamford, 16-18 boys) on 3M, Allison Courtney (Wilton, 14-15 girls) on 3M, Hannah Craley (Redding, 12-13 girls Novice) on 1M, and Gail Heaslip (Ridgefield, Masters Gold) on 1M.

The Hibler family of Pound Ridge boastsed two more sibling divers in addition to double champion August.  Brother Lenin (12-13B) and sister Rainer (14-15G) also competed with Lenin placing 5th on 1M and 8th on 3M, and Rainer finishing in 22nd place on 1M and 10th place on 3M.

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