Tornadoes’ Moore claims sectional title

Three other TC athletes advance to next week’s district meet in Bowling Green

OAK HARBOR — Clay Moore set a personal record and a school record, and brought home a sectional title all on the same day.

The Columbian diver is headed to the Division II district after attaining a score of 343.2 at the sectionals in Oak Harbor Wednesday. That score was not only a school and personal record, but it qualified him for next Wednesday’s district tournament in Bowling Green.

He’ll have some company there.

While Moore won the diving tournament outright, teammates Trevor McCarthy (seventh place), Myrick Hill (10th) and Collin Burkett (14th) also advanced to districts.

“It was combination of being mentally and physically prepared,” Columbian swimming coach Matt Campbell said of his divers.

No one was more prepared than Moore. In the competition, athletes do 11 dives in front of five judges. The judges’ top and bottom scores for each dive are removed, and the middle three are added together, then multiplied by the degree of difficulty.

“Today, he was going up against some pretty good divers, and I think, in his head, he knew that from the three years that we trained together, that he knows exactly what to do when he comes to big meets like this,” said TC diving coach Morgan Dunleavy. “In the past, we’ve had trouble with sports anxiety, but this year, he was like ‘it’s my senior year, I want to go out with a bang.’ And I think that’s pretty much what he did.”

And Dunleavy said he did it consistently.

“He nailed all 11 of his dives,” she said.

So now, attention will turn to next week, and the possibility of a state berth. Dunleavy said she believes Moore can make state.

“Of course, he definitely could,” she said. “He’s more confident in his dives, he is not as nervous, which is helping him get that record today, and helped him because the SBC champion and the sectional champion. I don’t know what’s gonna happen at districts, but I’m hoping it’s gonna go just as well.”

The district takes the top 32 scores from each sectional. By all placing in the top 14 at Oak Harbor, Hill, McCarthy and Burkett also secured spots at Bowling Green.

Dunleavy said she has confidence in them, too.

“Trevor, Collin and Myrick know exactly what stuff we need to work on this week to help us prepare, to make sure that score goes up a little bit more,” she said.