LEWISBURG — With two dives left in the PIAA Class 2A Championship, Quinn Rollman already knew that he was going to be battling for the silver medal.
Junior Kyle Maziarz, of North Catholic, who edged Rollman out to win the title last season, had taken an insurmountable lead of more than 22 points.
“I knew that he kind of sealed the deal, once he was ahead by 20 or so and he really nailed his last dive, I knew it was over and I was playing for second,” Rollman said.
Then, despite one of the best days of his diving career, the Shamokin Area senior saw his shot at a second silver medal slip away as well,” he said.
Andrew Cestra, of Beaver, a fellow senior, pulled off an outstanding dive to win the silver with a point total of 444.85 to Rollman’s 424.80. Maziarz won with 447.55.
“Andrew came in and put up an inward two and a half (somersault) and he did well and put up major points and that got him second and me third,” Rollman said.
But Rollman, who medaled for the third time (he was third as a sophomore) was happy for the other medalists.
“I’m glad for everyone that comes out. It’s not an easy sport and we’re all here competing for fun so whoever gets the place they want, you’ve gotta want it, and they obviously wanted it and put up a fight,” he said.
“I’m happy for me too so it was all in all a good day.
“I had one of my better days and my better day wasn’t as good as there’s,” Rollman added.
Rollman went all out in the final two of his 11 dives, with an inward two somersault on the 10th and capping his day with a forward two-and-a-half somersault, good for judges’ total scores of 46.20 and 35.10 points, respectively.
Rollman’s diving coach, Pat McDevitt, said Rollman did try to go for the big points for the last round — his two highest (degree of difficulty) dives, just so we had that finisher.”
“I felt we were in it up until the end. He throws a lot of those dives really well and with the DDs he had coming up, there was opportunity for a lot of points there,” McDevitt said. “It was just one of those things where it didn’t work out that way,” McDevitt said.
He said he told Rollman during the competition, “You can control what you’re going to do, you can’t control what the other guys are going to do. The other guys just threw a heck of a meet.”
McDevitt said that Maziarz had an incredible day with some real nice dives so “hat’s off to him.”
As for his own diver, McDevitt said, “He’s such a hard-working kid and he went out there and he did a great job day and really made the school, the team and the community proud.”
Rollman, also a member of the Indians’ baseball team, said that diving in college is a possibility, but it will depend upon where he gets accepted.