By Paul Delaney

Alma Smith tops in 3A state diving

Cheney swim team member delivers first-ever boys' title


Last updated 3/9/2023 at 9:47am

Aaron Kilfoyle/Inland Empire Diving Club.

Alma Smith competes in the 3A state diving competition Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatics center. Smith delivered Cheney its first-ever boys' title.

Cheney High School's Alma Smith won the state 3A diving championship last week, the first title in the sport for the school.

That was quite a feat in itself, but consider Smith's 338.05 to 316 win over Christopher Sellers from Bishop Blanchet High School came in Cheney's inaugural dip into diving.

"The hardest dive was an inward two and a half somersault," Smith explained of the competition that is very much like whit is seen in the Olympics.

Leading through both the preliminary and semifinal rounds, Smith confessed, "I was a little worried, two divers behind me did really well in the fina...

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