Vogt wins PIAA gold in diving

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Ringgold senior Anna Vogt won the gold medal Wednesday at the PIAA Class AA Diving Championships hosted by Bucknell University.

Anna Vogt led after the first round and semifinal round in the PIAA Class AA Diving Championships at Bucknell University.

Most importantly, though, the Ringgold senior led after the final round to win her first state gold medal.

Vogt finished with 421.10 points in the 11-dive competition, nearly 40 points ahead of Trinity’s Erica Kenski. Allentown’s Jamilie Atiyeh won the bronze medal with 375.80 points.

“I had my higher point dives in the last round,” explained Vogt.

Vogt finished the semifinal round with 301.90 points and held a 25-point lead over Kenski.

Vogt felt there was a dive where she might’ve lost it, but gathered herself to hit the next dive.

“I really messed up my reverse dive. If I would’ve got that, I would’ve had my WPIAL score (436 points),” said Vogt. “But, I got it back with my reverse 1½.”

Vogt capped the five-dive opening round with 197.85 points.

“I started out with more consistent dives in the first round,” said Vogt.

Vogt was fourth after the opening round last year (168.65). She moved to second after the semifinals (274.30), but slipped to third in the final standings with 372.95 points.

Vogt said she wasn’t nervous, but was just trying to grasp the entirety of her final high school diving competition.

“My mom kept asking me that, too,” Vogt said of possible nerves. “I just don’t feel like that happened. I’m still okay.

“After the first five dives at the WPIAL (finals), I felt like I got this. I didn’t feel like that yesterday. This kind of stressed me out.”

Vogt has a couple days off before she joins her track teammates. The senior runs hurdles and competes in pole vault.

She’ll continue her diving and academic careers at Clarion this fall.

“I’m very excited. It’s a whole new ball game,” said Vogt, adding she’ll compete in both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.

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