HARLINGEN— Harlingen High Junior diver Amber Warner has put together quite a junior season.Earlier this year, she set a pool diving record during the Winter Splash Bash Invitational and is now heading back to the state meet for a second straight year.
“Going back to state, I’ll be able to see new divers and new competition,” said Warner. “It will be good and I’m sure I will see some familiar faces up there as well.”
At the regional meet, Warner finished in first place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 365.40. Along with the first place finish, Warner was tabbed the Regional diver of the meet.
“Last year, I was very nervous because I didn’t know what to expect,” said Warner. “Now, going into the meet this year I feel more confident. The most exciting thing is being able to travel with my team and to be able to prepare for the meet.”
What is most impressive is Warner’s time on the diving board. She is in her third year of diving and has already made two trips to the state meet.
“I was in gymnastics for eight years and I found out about diving through some friends,” said Warner.“So my mom pushed me into diving, I got into it and now it is my sport.” Over the last few days, Warner is looking to focus on her technique and working on her dives.
Along with her experience, Warner feels a step ahead this year as a junior.
“I feel I have improved from last year to this year,” Warner said. “The talent at the state level is amazing; some of those divers end up at the Olympics. I do enjoy the competition. It is a little intimidating but I’m ready.”
Warner is also the lone Harlingen diver to represent her team at the state meet.
“I’m proud to be able to represent my school; this is my home town,” Warner said.