For the third straight season, Elizabethtown Area High School junior Kierstan Lentz captured a district medal. Unfortunately for her, this will likely be the first year in her high school career without a trip to states.
Lentz competed at the Class 3A District 3 Girls Diving Championships on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Wilson High School, placing sixth overall with a final cumulative score of 371.65, just 1.85 points behind Manheim Township senior Shannon O’Hara, who took fifth with a 373.50.
The day started off well for Lentz, who began the first round with a 34.00. She then got a 35.20 off a forward 2 somersault tuck and an event-high 39.20 with a back pike to put herself in the top four in scoring, later closing out the first round with a 34.50 via a back 1.5 somersault pike and a 35.65 on a forward 1.5 somersault 1 twist.
The second round scores for Lentz were a bit more mixed. She led off with a 30.00 on an inward dive pike, followed by scores of 34.10 and 28.00. Still, she sat in fourth with a score of 270.65 heading into the final round.
On her ninth dive, Lentz earned a score of 35.20 thanks to a forward 1.5 somersault 1 tuck. Her 10th dive slipped down to a 28.00, but she nailed a back 1 somersault 2.5 twist on her final dive to get a 37.80. However, O’Hara was able to get a 40.70 on her final attempt, a forward 1.5 somersault tuck, to overtake Lentz for the fifth-place spot.
Lentz had previously taken fifth in both 2017 and 2018 at districts to qualify for states, where she ended up in 22nd and 15th, respectively. She could potentially get qualify as an alternate for the event, which is scheduled to take place at Bucknell University on Friday, March 15.