Brittany Penn had a senior season to remember, but it was how she helped the freshmen on the team that she will never forget.
“A lot of them were so new to it that they knew close to nothing,” Penn said. “I showed them how everything goes and all our traditions.”
As Williamston/Lansing Christian’s top diver, Penn viewed herself as a leader and a role model. Her success on the board gave her teammates a great example to follow.
Penn had highest score in 1-meter diving in 11 dive attempts (429.55) and the second best (256.3) in the final mid-Michigan area honor roll. She finished second to earn all-state at the Division 3 final.
The latter of those accomplishments was a goal she set out for herself this season after finishing 10th at the state meet as a junior.
“I really wanted to be all-state this year, so I was really excited for that,” Penn said.
A former gymnast, her diving career began in fifth grade. Soon after she realized that this was her sport and made it a full-time commitment.
Like most competitors, the senior approached her final dive attempt this season with some mixed emotions.
“I was a little nervous, but I was excited because it was the end of such a great season for me,” Penn said. “In the back of my mind I was thinking this was the last dive I could ever do.”
Most likely, though, Penn will have her career extend into college. She’s considering Ball State, Colorado State, West Virginia and Pittsburgh as options for next year.
And after the fun she had with the younger girls this year, Penn said that coaching is something that will “maybe be in the future.”