No diving board? No problem! Diver practices at ‘rival’ school

Beaver River diver

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - What do you do when you're a diver but your school doesn't have a diving board?

Emma Dicob captured the Frontier League diving championship last Saturday.

Her win was all the more impressive because there is no diving board at her school, Beaver River...

That's where Lowville comes in. Through the help of Marcia Kenealy of Lowville and Anne Davis of Beaver River, arrangements were made to have Dicob practice with the Red Raiders during the season.

"I am so thankful that Miss Kenealy, coach Noelle and Mrs. Davis let me come and practice just because we don't have the right diving board to compete or practice with," Dicob said.

"We are so thankful that Emma can use her talents and still dive despite the fact that we don't have a board," Davis said. "The administrations have worked together to make that happen."

“Age-old rivalry between Lowville and Beaver River, when it comes to girls’ swimming and diving, we don’t have any of that,” Kenealy said. “We’ve been close friends and work together all the time -- anybody that can dive and doesn’t have a pool deep enough are welcomed at Lowville for sure.”

Lowville diver Angelica Deguardia finished third in the competition. She says she's happy to share the springboard with Dicob at Lowville practices.

"It's worked out great, I've done gymnastics with her for about 10 years," she said. "She's been my best friend for a long time now -- I love diving with her, it's so much fun."

Dicob may have had a home pool advantage last Saturday, even though she goes to a different school.

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