Wigle de Mayo dives into his new passion: “It’s really fun doing new things”
Now a junior, Wigle has a renewed passion for the sport while maintaining an interest in an old love.
Wigle spent eight years in club gymnastics at Jets Gymnastics in Rochester and took it very seriously. But over a year ago she finished with Jets. She always went to gymnastics in Mayo and was in college in her second year. But she also started diving and athletics.
âI kind of lost my passion for gymnastics over the years, I had been doing it for so long,â said Wigel. âIt’s really fun doing new things. I feel like I’m passionate about things again. I just tried a bunch of new things last year.
In no time, she learned to love both diving and athletics.
âI just thought diving would be a good natural change,â she said. “I heard a lot about changing gymnast and thought it would be fun.”
Wigle learned quickly as a diver and her gymnastics training played a big part in the transition.
âDiving is primarily based on your awareness in the air,â Wigel said. “It’s so important and I learned gymnastics to be aware, because everything turns and turns and it’s easy to get lost.”
A big challenge for Wigle was the landing, which is quite different from diving gymnastics. She no longer lands on her feet, but tries to get into the water, usually hands first, while splashing as little as possible.
Mayo junior Abby Wigle kisses her teammate after seeing her diving score during a girls’ swim and dive meet against Mayo on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at John Marshall High School. Wigle set a personal best in the game with a score of 200.75. In her second season only as a diver, Wigle became one of the top divers in Section 1AA. Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin
“At first it was really very difficult because even landing in the water I found myself flexing my feet to try to land, but obviously you want to point the toes in the water when entering the head. the first, âWigle said.
She has been a model of consistency this season. In Mayo’s first three meetings, she scored between 185.95 and 195.83 each time, winning each time. On her last outing, she won with a personal best score of 200.75. She also played second at the Lakeville Invitational.
âShe just started last year and she’s crushing it,â said Mayo coach Juliet Parlette. “She had very good scores and she was very consistent.”
âMy dives have been very consistent,â said Wigel. “And I think I was really surprised because sometimes in gymnastics I’ve been more of a inconsistent person, so I’m really happy with how this season has gone.”
Last season, when she was new to the sport, Wigle had to adapt to a learning curve. She started to dive away from the board instead of close. She said that once she started to master the technique of diving, individual dives became much easier.
Rochester’s dive coach Greg Andrews was also a big influence on Wigle’s improvement.
âHe’s been very helpful because he’s seen gymnasts do it, so he certainly knows how to best train these kinds of girls, from gymnastics to diving,â said Wigel. âWe worked very closely and I certainly owe a lot of my progress to him. “
The 5-foot-4 Wigle said her greatest strength as a diver was probably her ability to perform quick twists and flips from the diving board just three feet above the water. His gymnastics background plays a big part in this ability.
Last season, she placed seventh in the Section 1AA meet with a score of 285.8 for 11 dives. In her only 11 dive competition this season, she posted a score of 325. With this big improvement, she should have a chance to finish in the top four sections, which would qualify her for state competition.
âWe have compiled a list of dives that he (Andrews) thinks I would need to get to the state,â Wigel said. âAnd I think that’s a really big goal for me. I really want to let it be known, but there are a lot of dives that I would need. “
âThe improvement she’s made over the past year is phenomenal,â said Parlette.
While state competition is a goal for Wigel in swimming, she also intends to compete in gymnastics in the winter and track and field – as a sprinter and pole vaulter – in the spring.
It’s still a long way off, but with his newfound passion for his new sport, Wigle might want to take up diving or track and field competition in college.