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Ryan Ladika / DND Bella Price poses for the Minot High girls’ swimming and diving record board on September 3 after breaking the school’s record for diving at the Majettes meet on September 2.

Before heading to the locker room following the Minot High home swim and dive meet on September 2, the first of her senior season, Bella Price took a look at her final score sheet for the evening.

She had felt a surge of confidence in her performance after completing her 11 dives and couldn’t wait to see the score the five judges gave her.

“I look and I’m like, ‘444, okay, wait, what?'”

Price rushed to the top of the oversized concrete steps that double as a seating area for fans near the entrance to the Magic City Campus lap pool, and glanced at the row of dives. of the recording table titled “MHS GIRLS SWIMMING” which hangs on the right wall.

“I go back up here and watch the score”, she reminded herself. “And I’m like ‘440, okay, is that really, uh, did I see that?” So I go back down and look at my score again, and I’m like ‘Oh my god, okay.’ “

Price collected his scoresheet and sought out his diving coach, Barb McPeak. A trio of thoughts crossed his mind: “Wow, that’s not real. It didn’t just happen, it’s the first meeting at home. This is insane. “

She found her coach and went to confirm her suspicions.

“Just out of curiosity, to beat an academic record, does it have to be at a state meeting or at the WDA?” “

“No, it can be at any meeting”, McPeak responded. “Why do you ask?”

“I think I just beat him.”

Indeed, Price’s final score of 444.40 broke the longest-running record in the Minot High Girls’ Swimming and Diving Rankings, the School Diving Record of 440.25 set by Jennifer Hunkele in 1983, as well as her previous personal best of 424. In her first home meeting, she had achieved a goal she had only hoped to achieve by the end of the season.

“(McPeak) just jumped in excitement and she took my sheet from me and we looked at it together”, Price said with a smile. “And I’m going to see my parents, and they were going crazy. My grandmother was going crazy; she was more excited than me.

This milestone is just the latest in an incredibly rapid rise to senior diving stardom. She had only started the activity in her second year, but a long experience in gymnastics helped her choose her new sport with relative ease.

Price, now 17, started her gymnastic career at the age of two and only stopped after losing her passion for the sport at the age of 15. As any gymnast can attest, the blows that the activity inflicts on their body can be brutal too.

However, her skills never gave up and made her a natural choice for the diving board when she decided to follow in the footsteps of her fellow gymnasts who had tried their hand at diving.

“One of the reasons Bella scores so high is that she has very good body awareness,” McPeak said. “She can get high enough and she’s not afraid to let her body do the movements. I’m sure a lot of it comes from his gymnastics background. It’s good that she has found another sport that she can be good at, and I’m glad she’s here.

In an 11 dive competition, the format in which Price broke the record, divers must complete two compatible dives for each of the five categories: forward, backward, backward, inward and twist. The 11th dive can be one of the participant’s choices in any category, and each dive is scored according to its degree of difficulty.

“We had five judges, and we take the top and the bottom and drop them and use the middle three. “ McPeak explained. “You take the total of those three and multiply by the degree of difficulty of the dive. A pretty basic dive can be a 1.6, it’s not going to score a lot of points. We’re looking to find those dives that look like a 2.2 or 2.3, and Bella has several on her list.

Of the 11 dives Price made, seven had a difficulty level of at least 2.0, each of his last three. His double front somersault got the highest score of his night, a tied score of 22.0, and was also tied for the second hardest dive by its difficulty rating of 2.2.

While the idea of ​​breaking the school record was firmly entrenched in her mind as a goal she wanted to achieve by the end of the season, have fun and make the most of the final year of her High school diving career was at the forefront of the award’s focus.

She already had a lot of fun in her senior year, and then tried to implement the relaxed mindset into her dive. This helps her stay calm during dating and remembers not to worry about any mistakes she might make.

“Coming into the competition, I was like, ‘We’re not going to think too much, it’s okay if I mess things up, just do what I know how to do”, “ Price says. “It’s on all my dives. I can do everything and it’s in my head. I visualize everything.

The days since establishing the new brand to beat for the women’s diving at Minot High have been a whirlwind for Price. People flocked to congratulate her on her achievement and ask questions about a sport many don’t know, which Price was happy to answer.

“It means a lot. The fact that swimming and diving is a bit recognized, but I think it’s a very good thing for our team and swimming and diving in general,” she added. “Mainly because this record is the oldest there. Renewing it and making people want to know more is really cool to see. “

She is not yet sure if she will continue with college diving after graduating from high school, but after hitting her initial goal so early in the season, she has understandably aimed even higher for the remainder of this year.

“I kept looking at the old record, and I was like ‘Okay, that’s going to be a goal for my whole season'” Price recalled. “Now my goal is to aim for the pool record, which is 451.45. It’s just goals on goals, keep moving.

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