PROVO Over the past 12 months, residents of Garland have had roughly the same conversation with Bear River junior Dayna Christensen.
They knew about her diving exploits, they knew she was the defending state champion and they wanted to know whether she would be able to defend that title in 2008.
Well, Garland, yes, your talented diver is the girls state champ again.
Displaying consistency, particularly over the second half of the competition, Christensen rolled to a convincing 472.40-384.40 win over Timpview's Kristen Dietch Thursday in the 11-dive competition.
Meanwhile, Provo senior Dan Schoendorfer netted a 459.15-391.25 win over Carbon's Brett Wells on the boys side.
"That was pretty exciting," Christensen said of her championship. "I just was so excited because I live in a small town and everybody knows that I'm a good diver, and they're all like, 'Oh, yeah, are you going to win state?'
"And I'm like, 'I don't know. I can't tell you. I hope so.' So there's a lot of pressure there."
Inside the Richards Building at BYU, Christensen handled the pressure extremely well. She said she was nervous at the beginning but quickly calmed down and settled into a comfortable rhythm.
Christensen beat her championship-winning score of a year ago by almost 50 points and bested her previous personal record (454) by almost 20 points.
"I had my best meet of the season," she said. "And I nailed several of my dives that I've been working on all week that I've been struggling with it felt really good."
Dietch, meanwhile, beat out Judge junior Jade Lubeck by less than a point (384.40-383.65) for second place.
On the other side, consistency also played an important role for the boys champion, as Schoendorfer registered solid dive after solid dive en route to the win.
What was his mentality coming into the state meet?
"As long as I hit everything consistently, I'd be OK," said Schoendorfer, who moved to Utah from Pennsylvania near the start of the school year. "It all went pretty well."
After high school, the Provo High senior said he hopes to dive at BYU.Schoendorfer (459.15) beat out a solid field. Behind him, Carbon's Brett Wells (391.25) was second, Jordan's Jordan Tuckfield (385.90) placed third, Carbon senior and defending champ Travis Hobbs (374.75) finished fourth and Jacob Gerlach (353.10) was fifth.
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