MOULTRIE – Moss Farms Diving’s Emily Ann Wolfson and Ruth Anne McCranie each took two first-place finishes in the AAU Red, White and Blue national qualifier meet last weekend in Plantation, Fla.
Kate Jimmerson, granddaughter of Moose Moss, also had a first-place finish.
The three were part of a five-diver contingent representing Moss Farms Diving that also included Abi White and Bo Bridges. They were accompanied to the meet, which drew 138 divers, by Moss Farms assistant coach Camille Akridge.
The top six finishers in each Junior Olympic event qualified for the National Red, White and Blue Meet that will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 22-23, in Coral Springs, Fla.
McCranie and Wolfson each broke personal records in the meet.
“Both had outstanding weekends,” Akridge said.
Wolfson won the 14-15 girls Junior Olympics 1-meter event with a 308.65. Daniella Castillo of the Plantation Diving Team was second with a 294.30.
On the 3-meter board, Wolfson was first with a 300.80, edging North Florida Diving’s Keegan Fluarty by 7.20 points.
McCranie, diving 11-and-under girls JO, won the 1-meter convincingly, scoring a 195.40 to finish 45.90 points ahead of Coral Springs Diving’s Shannon Feerick-Hillenbrand, who was second.
On the 3-meter board, McCranie scored a 194.20, finishing 11.25 points ahead of Feerick-Hillenbrand.
Jimmerson won her first gold medal, placing first in the 8-9 girls 3-meter event.
She also qualified for Nationals with her sixth-place finish in the 9-and-under girls 1-meter in her first Junior Olympic meet.
Bridges qualified for his first Nationals with a second-place finish on 1-meter and third-place finish on 3-meter in the 11-and-under age group.
“I was super proud of what Bo accomplished this weekend making corrections and diving to his potential,” Akridge said.
White was seventh on both 1-meter and 3-meter JO events and missed qualifying for Nationals by one point.
“After a preseason injury kept her from a normal routine practice, I was proud of what she accomplished at her first meet of the season,” Akridge said.
All five divers were competing in their first AAU qualifier and “had great performances and made big corrections,” Akridge said. “The kids have gotten motivated and are ready to do what needs to be done in order to be at peak performance for the rest of the season.”
The National meet will determine which part of the U.S. has the “better diver,” Akridge said.
“We are excited to have these kids representing not only Moss Farms, but be part of the East Coast team that will be dressed in blue for the meet against the central U.S. and West Coast divers,” she said.