Though she had qualified for the WIAA Girls Division 2 Diving Championships a year ago, Kiel senior Brooke Iserloth wasn’t mentally punching her ticket back to Madison for 2013.
While, initially, a seventh-place finish at sectionals in Plymouth last week may not have done much to improve her confidence level, her score of 297.15 was enough to place her in the field of 16, providing her with a return trip to the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.
As it turns out, Iserloth competed in what was, arguably, Division 2’s toughest sectional. Six of the division’s top-10 scores came courtesy of her competitors in Plymouth.
“I was excited because I didn’t think I would make it this year, to be honest,” Iserloth said.
Kiel head diving coach Darryll Matthies believes that Iserloth, who placed 16th at last season’s state meet, will benefit greatly from the experience she gained a year ago.
“It’s her second time down,” Matthies said. “Last year (she) struggled a little bit being new to it, so it should be a little easier for her this year.”
Iserloth agrees with her coach’s philosophy.
“You know what your game is going into it,” Iserloth said.
“I feel more relieved and I was a lot more nervous, last year. I think I’ll be stronger this year.”
Her coach has confidence that the added peace of mind can also help Iserloth improve upon last season’s finish.
“If she just does her dives and she relaxes, she’s going to be fine,” Mattheis said.
“She’s going in No. 12, so we set a goal already of getting in the top-10. It’s all up to her.”
The Division 2 Diving competition begins today at 2:30 p.m.