Binghamton High senior diver Deyon Godbay insists a state title will not be foremost on his mind when he steps on the diving board Friday at the New York state boys swimming and diving championships at Webster-Schroeder High School.
Not that he doesn’t think it’s a possibility, mind you, but this weekend for Godbay is also about erasing the memories of a most disappointing state meet a year ago.
After finishing fourth as a sophomore, Godbay failed to make it out of the preliminary round last year.
“I was really shocked when I didn’t make it past the first cut, I thought my dives were sufficient to get past that,” Godbay said. “I was really upset and I tried to get to the board as soon as I could. I wanted to change so that wouldn’t happen again.”
If present-day form is any indication, Godbay should have no such worries.
He is the fourth-seeded diver entering this weekend’s competition with an 11-dive score of 527.70. Mexico’s Rich Rodriguez is the top seed with a 569.80 score.
“I feel like he can win this meet, but what it comes down to is Deyon’s positive attitude,” Binghamton swimming coach Tim Hurley said. “We’re trying to recover from last year. He wasn’t really set mentally, it was just an unfortunate ordeal.”
That unfortunate ordeal was Godbay hitting his hand on the board during a practice dive the day before competition at Erie Community College in Buffalo.
“Physically I wasn’t able to get into those positions that I needed to on some of my dives,” Godbay said. “But that wasn’t an excuse for my performance.”
Godbay said he’s in a perfect place both mentally and physically as he heads into this weekend’s competition.
He credits Hurley for helping him get past last year’s disappointment, and he also gives new diving coach Randy Hine high praise for improving his skills.
Come fall, Godbay will be attending Cornell University, where he will continue his diving career.
He’d like to show the Big Red what kind of diver they’ll have joining their ranks.
“I’m not out for a state championship, but if one comes that’d be really nice,” Godbay said. “It’d be a great way to end my diving career at Binghamton.
“I just want to do well and show that I’m a good diver.”
Track & field
Two Vestal athletes figure into medal contention in Saturday’s Indoor Track & Field Championships at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
Sophomore Kari Stromhaug is seeded seventh among girls pole vaulters and co-10th among high jumpers. Junior Mike Egotanda is the fifth-seeded boys long jumper and is co-10th in the high jump.
Norwich junior Matt Murray, seventh-place finisher in last year’s state 600-meter race, is seeded fourth this time around.
Top billing among Section 4 athletes is attached to Elmira sophomore Jerry McPeak, listed No. 3 among long jumpers based on a 22-foot, 101/2-inch effort.
The boys competition is to start at 9 a.m., followed by the girls at 2 p.m.