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Park boys swimming & diving: Germscheid dives ‘really well at state,’ says coach

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Nick Germscheid of the Park Wolfpack boys swimming and diving team came shy of making the semifinals at the state meet.

The Park junior diver represented the Wolfpack as the lone member of the team to qualify for state and posted a score of 135.15 for 23rd overall in the 1-meter dive.

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“Nick dove really well at state,” Park diving coach Erin Miller said. “Going into state we knew that there was a really strong field. Although he will tell you he didn't do so well on a couple of dives he really held his own and dove right there with the rest of the pack.”

Germscheid, the Wolfpack’s lone wolf at the state meet, came 6.45 points short of making the semifinals in the preliminary competition on Friday, Feb. 28 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Rosemount senior Dan Monaghan repeated as the state champion with a score of 439.25, edging Minnetonka senior Patrick Quarberg, who had a score of 438.70.

Germscheid made the first state appearance of his high school diving career.

“Really it was six points that separated him from the top 20,” Miller said. “It was a really close field this year. We set his list so he could dive the best that he could and he did. Going into his first time being at state is hard because you don't know what to expect. He now has it under his belt and can go from there.”

He came short of state as a sophomore, taking sixth at sections with a 308.7 total score. This season, Germscheid posted a 329.65 at the Section 4AA championship meet to take third place.

“Last year we did not have anyone make it to state so it's nice when we can get someone in,” Miller said. “He worked really hard to accomplish this goal as it was one of his goals from last year. Now I think he is extra motivated for next year to get better than 23rd and I know that he can.”

—Matthew Davis

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