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Falcon diver wins section

Forest Lake Christian diver Nikka Campora admitted that perhaps she even exceeded her own expectations for her performance Saturday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Diving Championship at Oakmont.

Campora, a junior, won her second-consecutive section title after beating the second-place finisher by nearly 100 points. She finished with a total score of 489.95 compared to the runner-up score of 395.

“It’s really cool because I was actually going for 475, so when I heard I had 489 I was really excited,” Campora said. “Last year my score was 456.”



The field consisted of eight divers from the northern part of the section and eight divers from the southern part of the season. Each athlete did 11 dives for the five judges.

Campora figured that having a high degree of difficulty for the majority of her dives helped her cruise to such a large margin of victory.




“I think the degree of difficulty helped a lot because the ones that are more difficult that you can actually do well on just add up (points wise),” Campora said.

Her favorite dive of the day was her reverse half flip-reverse half twist dive. Campora received several nine’s in addition to two 9.5 scores.

No state championship exists in the state of California, which means Campora will not compete again until a club diving meet at the end of May.


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