MOULTRIE -- Anna Aguero had to add a new dive to her platform list in order to compete in last week's Senior Zone B meet held at Moose Moss Aquatic Center.
She not only learned it, she performed it well enough to grab the last qualifying spot for the U.S. National Senior Diving Championships to be held Aug. 9-13 in Huntersville, N.C.
Aguero competes in the 14-15 age group for Moss Farms Diving and had already qualified on all three boards for the National Junior Diving Championships, which will be held Aug. 3-6, also in Huntersville. She will just stay in North Carolina, take a day off, get in a little practice and then compete in the first day at Senior Nationals.
"She had to learn a new dive in three days," Moss Farms coach Ron Piemonte said. "And all the dives were on 10-meter. That was not an easy feat. But she did a very, very good job.
"And it will be great for her having the experience of Senior Nationals."
The Zone competition required a nine-dive list with a high degree of difficulty.
Aguero scored a 203.15 in the prelims and had a 336.55 to finish sixth in the finals.
"She was fantastic," Piemonte said.
Aguero did not make the finals on 3-meter, finishing 18th in prelims.
"She had some jitters on 3-meter," Piemonte said. "She couldn't hit anything. They weren't bad, just a little short or a little over."
She had no such problems on 10-meter tower, however.
Aguero was one of three Moss Farms age group divers to compete at the Senior Zone B meet, in which senior divers, primarily college divers, qualify for Senior Nationals.
Hannah Moore, a 16-18 age group diver, failed to qualify for finals on 1-meter, but finished ninth on 3-meter with a 410.60, just three points from qualifying for Senior Nationals.
"She really settled down on 3-meter," Piemonte said.
Ryan Helms also dives in the 14-15 age group and took part in both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions. He finished eighth on 3-meter and ninth on 1-meter.
"He missed a couple things on 3-meter," Piemonte said. "He did better on 1-meter. I just think he was out of his comfort zone.
"But he did some good dives. And this will help him at Junior Nationals."
Piemonte said he thought the opportunity for all three divers to compete against older and more advanced divers was a good one.
"This was all done for experience," he said. "This can do nothing but help them.
"And there were a number of coaches who were impressed with our young kids."
Aguero, Moore and Helms will join Owen Blank, Nic Price, Ann Perry Blank and Ali Lepech in representing Moss Farms at the Junior Nationals.
All seven, who qualified at the recent East Champion-ships in Rockville, Md., will dive on all three boards in Huntersville.
Four other Moss Farms divers -- Leah Piemonte, Jillian Braun, Staci Howard and Jacob Russell -- are heading this week to Largo, Fla., where they will compete in the 2005 AAU Diving National Championships.