Chartiers Valley diver chasing PIAA title
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Chartiers Valley junior Maria Lohman accomplished two important things at the WPIAL Class AAA girls diving championship meet last month.
Besides winning, she had fun, said Doe Krug, her coach with Pitt Aquatic Club Divers.
It was Lohman's third consecutive WPIAL title, including the last two in Class AAA. She was Class AA champion in 2012.
She is a favorite to repeat as state champion next week at Bucknell University.
“Maria has the physical (tools),” Krug said. “Her mechanics and techniques are much more advanced than anyone else's.
“But the mental component is taking longer. In pursuit of the perfect dive, she gets frustrated and unhappy.”
Posting her best score (540.15), Lohman had a lot to smile about at the WPIAL meet.
“I have to stay calm and not let the pressure get to my head,” said Lohman, who plans to follow the same list of dives at the PIAA championship.
Krug said Lohman is fearless.
“Some divers are too scared to do (a dive), but Maria is not scared,” Krug said. “She just needs to believe in herself and stay focused.”
Lohman, 16, is a member of the USA Diving Junior Elite Performance Squad, which consists of boys and girls who want to make the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. She spent about a week in fall 2011 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., receiving training and nutrition tips with other squad members.
She was named to the squad after finishing eighth in 1-meter (256.15), 12th in 3-meter (229.40) and 26th in platform (196.05) in her age group at the 2010 Junior National Championships.
Chartiers Valley swim coach Heidi Fiorentini considers Lohman a role model for swimmers as well as divers.
“A lot of times divers are overshadowed by swimmers, but in this case, it's probably the other way around,” Fiorentini said. “The girls admire Maria, and she respects them.”
“Maria is sensitive and very caring for other people,” Krug said.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- State Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal
- Police arrest 14-year-old in connection to bomb threats phoned in to South Hills schools
- Harrison woman dead in 3-car crash in Natrona Heights
- Bomb threat prompts search at Norwin High School
- Ferrante defense says arrest of prosecutor’s boyfriend could affect case
- Mars Area superintendent resigns after short tenure
- Parkway West ramps to be closed at Carnegie
- Truck wreck snarls traffic in Beaver County
- Penguins send down pair, Bortuzzo practices
- Richland man sues over injuries suffered as bystander to police chase
- Steelers looking for Spence to step up game at inside linebacker