A friendly competition

SL divers push each other to regionals once again
Nich Wolak
Nov 17, 2013

Makayla Boyink and Paige Rubleski are not just teammates, the Spring Lake divers have also been each others greatest competition this season.

That will change tomorrow, when the duo heads to the Division 3 regional competition at East Grand Rapids. Boyink and Rubleski are hoping for top 12 finishes so they can advance to the state finals.

Rubleski just made the cut last year, and Spring Lake coach Barb Brackett said she saw Boyink, who finished 14th at regionals in 2012, joining her teammate at states this year.

“I dove all summer long trying to get better and better,” Boyink said. “I got some new, harder dd dives. I really want to make it this year, and show off my hard work. (I want to) make it a great senior year because this is it.”

Brackett has had a diver advance to regionals in nearly every one of her eleven years as coach, and she said Rubleski and Boyink are “right up there” with the best of them.

“It's awesome,” Brackett said. “They've done an excellent job. They've been battling back and forth. Their main competition has been each other. They've done a good job handling that, sometimes that's hard.”

Boyink and Rubleski were the only divers for the Lakers this year.

Rubleski has seven first-place finishes on the season, while Boyink has five, and both have been in second on seven different occasions.

A mere 16.49 points separate the divers’ season totals. Rubleski scored 3,629.55, while Boyink has 3,613.06.

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It's truly amazing what you two do. I have enjoyed watching you two this season. I don't think people realize just how tough it is being a diver. When only two of you do it out of all the girls from 9th - 12th grade then you know it is something special.

The article is right on in stating how you push each other yet you remain friends no matter who wins. Although there have been ups and downs your character speaks volumes. You have represented Spring Lake Diving tremendously this year.

Go get em at Regionals!

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