Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS sophomore Izzie Uribe quit swimming for the school’s team, and instead became the only diver on the LRHS team.
Although last year was Uribe’s first year as a Mustang Swimmer, she has been swimming for the past five to six years. She said she was initially interested in becoming a diver because, “it seemed like a lot of fun. Plus, I already had three to four years of gymnastics experience.”
For Uribe, diving has taught her about overcoming self-doubt and the fear of hurting herself while she is diving. She said, “It helps me mentally because it teaches you how to get over your fears, like smacking into the water or hitting the board. It enables me to get over thinking negatively about the situation and stop doubting myself.”
Being the only LRHS diver has taught Uribe to focus on her own abilities instead of competing with others on the team.
“Since I’m the only one there, I have to really challenge myself because I don’t have anyone else to compare myself to,” she said.
The most recent diving meet was the Tri-County Championship Meet on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Selby Aquatic Center. At this meet, Uribe placed fourth out of all the divers from Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. Her event was the girls one-meter dive.
Having a varsity diver is good for the LRHS Swimming and Diving Team because Uribe has been very successful at scoring vital points for the team at her meets. This is also good for Uribe because the sport will help open up doors for her future.
She said, “I’m really happy I became a diver because it’s a really good opportunity for me and I have a lot of fun with it.” She also said that she would recommend that anyone interested should join the diving team because “it’s a big challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun.”