THS diving program to tackle the state in February | local sports

THOMASVILLE – A pair of divers from Thomasville High are hoping to win individual state championships when they compete in the Georgia High School Association state meet on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Juniors AC Taylor and Jake Pinney will face the rest of the state when they meet, hosted at Georgia Tech.

Thomasville High coach Kenly Milam discussed the opportunity his two divers have and the potential to increase the sport’s popularity in South Georgia.

“It’s truly an honor to have this opportunity to watch them dive and learn more about diving. It’s not a popular sport here. A lot of people don’t,” said Milam, whose two divers both train at Moss Farms Diving in Moultrie. “Moss Farms is pretty elite. Last year I had four divers to visit and one of them is now diving at UGA (University of Georgia). Two of them have gone to other colleges One of them is AC Taylor who is still diving.

Former Thomasville swimmer Nolan Lewis, who now competes in UGA, won the Georgia 1-3A state championship in 1-meter diving last year.

Taylor and Pinney hope to continue Thomasville’s success in diving as they will also compete in the 1 meter diving competition.

The pair will be scored by a panel of five judges. They will run six dives at the state meet. The lowest and highest scores for each dive will be dropped, leaving three scores for each dive. All scores will be counted and multiplied by the degree of difficulty of the dive which will give the participants their total. The six totals will be added together for a final score.

Thomasville will have one last meeting before the state. He will travel to Westminster in Atlanta on Friday.

Milam also uses her coaching platform to educate others about the sport, especially the fourth graders she teaches at Scott Elementary.

“I tell them what it is because they don’t really know. I didn’t know it until I was thrown into it. I also take the opportunity to teach it to my children,” Milam said.

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