CAMBRIDGE – Sunday afternoon, Framingham High junior Halia Bower won the Division 1 state championship in diving at Harvard University.
As a freshman, Bower finished third. Last year, as a sophomore, she finished second in the MIAA state competition.
Bower, who was named one of the top 100 divers in the country earlier this season, had set a goal at the start of the high school season to win the state diving title.
Yesterday, she scored more than 500 points, for the first time in her career, to achieve her goal.
Bower won the MIAA Division 1 State Diving Championship with 500.70 points. Her closest competitor was Tina Coleman, a junior for Acton-Boxborough, who finished in second place with 453.25 points.
“Yes, this has been a huge goal of mine,” said Bower. “I was able to achieve it this year by pushing myself harder to learn new dives and make them as good as possible.”
Last weekend, Bower finished in second place at the Division 1 South Championships. This weekend, she reached the top stop on the podium.
“I was able to improve my dives from last weekend by focusing on the little things to make the dives more comfortable and consistent,” said Bower, who started diving at age 8.
Her hardest dive yesterday at Harvard University was a “reverse 1.5 pike.”
Bower, 16, said it was her hardest dive “because I was really nervous for it because it has not been super consistent lately.”
The Framingham High junior’s most consistent dive this season for her is a “front 1.5 with 1 twist.”
Bower said it is her “favorite dive.”
It is her most consistent “because I know how to execute it well,” said Bower. “I always save it for last, so I can end on a good note.”
Well, this high school season has ended on a good not for Bower. So what is next for Bower?
The All-American diver will continue to train with the Charles River Diving Team this winter, until USA diving competition begins in the spring of 2017, and then she will be back to the Flyers swim & dive team for her senior season, looking to repeat as best diver in the state in Division 1.