(as originally posted on gazettes.com)
Ninety-three degree heat and wind gusts up to 38 miles per hour proved difficult for the Long Beach Divers competing at the CIFSS Championships at Riverside Community College. Even though McCormick Divers home pool at Belmont Plaza has been closed for a year, they are still among the few Southern California divers who train regularly indoors. Their temporary home is the ML King Pool. The King Pool definitely gets hot, but the divers don’t ever have to contend with the sudden wind gusts they experienced in Riverside.
McCormick Divers’ top finisher was St. Anthony’s Junior, Olivia Payne. The Freelance League diver was the only one able to fight the heat and wind to dive in the final round of her Division Competition. Payne earned a Division 3 medal finishing in fifth place with 438.65 points. That is ten points higher than the score earned to qualify for the CIFSS Championships.