Chippewa diver regional runner-up, earns spot at state finals

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HAMILTON — Manistee’s Campbell Kolk will have a chance to compete for a state title this coming week at the finals after a strong performance at the Division 3 diving regionals at Hamilton High School.

Kolk finished in second place at the regionals on Thursday night with an 11-dive score of 432.25. 

The first place diver at the event was East Grand Rapids’ Nicholas Merritt with a score of 499.25.

Third place belonged to Hamilton’s Austin Brown at 403.75 and fourth went to East Grand Rapids’ Billly Kirchgesner at 393.45.

The top 12 in the regional move on to the state finals while the top four get All-American consideration.

Kolk, who is going to dive at Oakland University next season, finished with the fourth-highest score in Division 3 for the diving event. 

Only Merritt, St. John’s Cayden Petrak (496.10) and Tecumseh’s Thomas Mitchell (470.75) finished with a higher score in the event.

The state finals begin on Friday, March 9 at Saginaw Valley State University at  8 a.m. The finals will take place on Saturday at the same time.

Kolk may also be a part of the Chippewas’ efforts in the Division 3 swimming portion of the state finals. He was on the 200-yard freestyle relay team qualified for the state finals by taking first place at 1:34.06 during the conference championship last week.

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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