Marvin Ridge Divers Continue Winning Ways
Sara Maleski (left) Senior @ Marvin Ridge HS and Nikki Canale (right) Sophomore @ Marvin Ridge HS – NISCA’s Top 100 All America Diving, June 2015. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Porter
Nikki Canale, a sophomore this past year at Marvin Ridge High School (Division 3A) in Waxhaw, NC just finished competing this August in the 2015 At&T USA Diving Nationals held in Orlando Florida. Nikki is now nationally ranked in 4 different events. Competing along side Olympians and NCAA champions in the Open Senior Women’s 1meter springboard event, she finished 11th in the nation! She also finished 13th in the Platform event, 13th in 1meter springboard and 19th in the 3meter event for the 16-18 year old Junior Olympics.
Nikki has also has been named a 2015 NISCA/Speedo All-American for diving. She is now a two-time All-American.
Sara Maleski, 18, was a senior this past year at Marvin Ridge finishing strong as State Runner-up for Division 3A with 477.50. Sara was also runner-up for each in the County, Conference and Regional meets. Sara was also named a 2015 All-American as well and is diving for UNC Chapel Hill starting Fall.
All-American distinction goes to the top 100 divers in the country based on results from high school regional and state meets.
Nikki scored a 511.60 at the 3A state meet, and now holds the records for both 3A (old record set in 1999 for 471.78) as well as the overall state record spanning across all divisions (1A-4A …old record set in 1996 for 491.35 points). Nikki went undefeated her sophomore year and was County, Conference, Regional and NC 3A State Champion.
Diving is a crucial part of high school swimming and diving teams, scoring up to 20 points per place going towards the overall Swim & Dive team total points at meets! This can make the difference between a state-title. Marvin Ridge High School Women’s Swim and Dive Team were 3A State champs this year, benefiting from the 51 points scored collectively by Nikki, Sara and Freshman Ady Whitehead, who had an impressive 5th place finish as well.
We thank Kym Canale for providing the update.