Griffin Dwyer and Casey Carslon have been pushing each other to excel off the diving board since they were both relative newcomers to the sport at the Grand Haven summer swim camp when they were in sixth and seventh grade.
“We’ve known each other for a while because our brothers (Dillon Dwyer and Mac Carlson) were friends and in the same grade,” Dwyer said during the Bucs’ meet against Hudsonville on Wednesday.
Now, the duo continues to motivate one another and their other teammates on a Bucs’ diving squad that is one of the deepest in West Michigan. They proved it again against the Eagles, with Carlson, a senior, winning with a 225.25 and Dwyer, a junior, close behind in second at 214.40.
After Dwyer and Carlson both qualified for the Division 1 state finals last season, Grand Haven is attempting to one-up the accomplishment by sending three to the state meet, which this year, will be held at the Holland Aquatic Center. Ethan Bailey has an outside chance at achieving the feet, which head coach Brad Mulder said would be unique at that level.
“I’ve never had it happen during my coaching career,” Mulder said, who is in his eighth season at Grand Haven. “Typically, the max with teams is two qualified for state, but most will just send one.
“It’s amazing thing about this team because there’s not just one standout,” he added. “There’s great depth, which puts us in a better position than most teams in the entire state.”
Dwyer and Carlson are able to thrive due to their superb athleticism, enabling them to pull off difficult acrobatics in the air and attempt higher degree of difficulty dives.
“The thing that really sticks out with both of them is that they’re willing to listen to some of the suggestions I may have and instantly try it and put changes into their dives,” Mulder said. “They’ve both really improved on coming in clean to the water, increasing their (degree of difficulty), and really, that’s helped them get to that upper echelon of elite divers in the state.”
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