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15-03_swimmingColby Parsons (I) and Sam Rochelle (II) wrapped up their excellent diving season by placing 3rd and 4th place respectively at the New England Diving Championships. There were 29 divers from New England Prep Schools, diving 11 dives each. 

“We dove really well and it was something we could both be proud of,” says Colby. “Sam was so energized. This was his first New England’s and that translated into an exciting event for him.”

Both Colby and Sam are former gymnasts, who started diving at Milton under the guidance of Coach Suzanne Debuhr. Gymnasts make natural divers, but there are key differences in the two sports. Colby says some of “the hardest challenges are learning to land on your hands or head and learning to use the board to your advantage.”

Prior to New England’s, Colby and Sam took 7th and 8th place at the Easterns Swimming and Diving Championship in Philadelphia, a much larger event that includes both private and public schools from around the East Coast.

“Both of us were very pleased. It was a much larger and competitive meet, and we both dove to our potential,” says Colby.