NEW PALESTINE, Ind. – Mariam Khamis took a glance at the scoreboard, put her fist in the air and exited the pool at New Palestine’s swimming and diving sectional Saturday.
Her next step was to hug Brooke Madden, something she made sure to do again as they stood next to each other on the podium.
The Richmond senior Khamis and Centerville junior Madden have spent quite a bit of time together in the past, and more so in the last two years.
While they won’t be making one last trip to state together, they both left New Palestine as sectional champions.
Khamis won a third straight diving sectional title, breaking the RHS school record one last time with a 511.7, while Madden finished second in the event just minutes after claiming the 50-yard freestyle sectional championship.
Madden and Khamis both qualify for Tuesday’s diving regional in Brownsburg, along with Hagerstown’s Beka Elza, who was fourth, while Madden also advances to next Friday and Saturday’s IHSAA state finals in the 50.
“Despite what most people thing, Brooke and I are not mortal enemies, we do not hate each other at all,” Khamis said smiling. “It’s definitely been good having her, because we’ve both been able to push each other, she is a fierce competitor, there is no denying that at all.”
It’s that fierce competition that’s pushed Madden to the state level just three years after taking up swimming.
Both she and Khamis started their careers as gymnasts and Madden did not dive as a freshman, before qualifying for state as a sophomore.
Madden was seventh in state last year, ahead of eighth-place Khamis.
Khamis won four North Central Conference diving titles and will graduate RHS with every 6- and 12-dive records for Tiano Pool, Richmond High School and the NCC.
The Minnesota commit won three sectional titles, but said that she will not dive at this year’s regional as she helps younger brother, freshman Ike Khamis, prepare for his sectional.
“Me and Mariam, we go back and forth, but I love her,” Madden said. “We compete a lot, like the same and it’s exciting. I’m sad she’s not going to regionals, I love competing with her and she motivates me and I motivate her.”
Elza also started diving as a freshman and is now 3-for-3 in advancing to the regional, despite battling the flu according to mother and coach Jeannie Elza.
“I threw a lot of the same dives I threw last year, I just made them better and I think competing against girls like Mariam and Brooke that are really, really good just pushed me even farther to do better,” Elza said.
The top eight divers Tuesday qualify for state next weekend at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
Madden also heped Centerville’s 200 freestyle relay team of Aubrey Davis, Marissa Peterson and Sophia Neher finish third, while Davis was fourth in backstroke and fifth in the 100 and Peterson was sixth in breaststroke and seventh in the 200 IM.
Neher, Grace Whiteley, Jordin Strunk and Megan Bouford were seventh in the 400 relay and divers Darien Ridenour and Chloe Uphaus were seventh and eighth respectively as Centerville had the highest area finish as a team, sixth place.
Hayley Hollenberg of Hagerstown tied for sixth in the 100 and was seventh in the 50, while Amelia Dick was sixth in the butterfly, Hannah Tollet sixth in backstroke and Elle Hellwarth eighth in breaststroke.
Paige Gray, Hellwarth, Dick and Hollenberg were fifth in the 200 medley relay and Melinda Pucket, Dick, Gray and Hollenberg were sixth in 200 free relay.
For Richmond, Lily Vincent, Madison Tanner, Kennedy Tanner and Lexi McPherson were seventh in 200 freestyle relay and Allison Miller, Samantha Hays, Madison Tanner and Hanna Collier were 8th in 400 freestyle relay.
“We had a good meet, we had some personal bests,” Richmond coach Brian Turner said. “… That was the best we’d ever seen (Khamis) dive, so it was good to see her go out on a high note.”
At New Palestine
Team Results– 1. Greenfield-Central 444.5; 2. Mt. Vernon 368; 3. New Palestine 285.5; 4. Connersville 224.5; 5. New Castle 221; 6. Centerville 179; 7. Hagerstown 160.5; 8. Richmond 99; 9. Eastern Hancock 78; 10. Rushville 60.
20 medley relay– 1. Mt. Vernon (Gonzales, Case, Tierney, Moore) 1:54.68; 5. Hagerstown (Gray, Hellwarth, Dick, Hollenberg). 200 freestyle– 1. Drew (CONN) 1:59.91. 200 IM– 1. Tierney (MV) 2:08.40; 7. Marissa Peterson (CEN). 50 freestyle– 1. Madden (CEN) 25.65; 7. Hollenberg (HAG). Diving– 1. Khamis (RICH) 511.7; 2. Madden (CEN) 456.25; 3. Milne (GC) 369.50; 4. Elza (HAG) 362.05; 7. Ridenour (CEN); 8. Uphaus (CEN). Butterfly– 1. Tierney (MV) 58.09; 6. Dick (HAG). 100 freestyle– 1. Zornes (GC) 58.03; 5. Davis (CEN); T-6. Hollenberg (HAG), Wineman (NP). 500 freestyle– 1. Drew (CON) 5:27.54. 200 freestyle relay– 1. Connersville (Weiler, Geise, Adams, Drew) 1:45.04; 3. Centerville (Davis, Peterson, Neher, Madden); 6. Hagerstown (Pucket, Dick, Gray, Hollenberg); 7. Richmond (Vincent, M. Tanner, K. Tanner, McPherson). Backstroke– 1. Gonzales (MV) 1:02.14; 4. Davis (CEN); 6. Tollet (HAG). Breaststroke– 1. Hodnett (GC) 1:10.78; 6. Peterson (CEN); 8. Hellwarth (HAG). 400 freestyle relay– 1. Mt. Vernon (Tierney, Gawrys, Keeler, Gonzales) 3:49.96; 7. Centerville (Whiteley, Strunk, Neher, Bouford); 8. Richmond (Miller, Hays, M. Tanner, Collier).
AT A GLANCE
• What: IHSAA girls diving regional
• When/where: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Brownsburg
• Cost: $5
• Area qualifiers: Mariam Khamis (Richmond), Brooke Madden (Centerville), Beka Elza (Hagerstown)
• Next: Top eight divers at the regional qualify for state finals Friday and Saturday at Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.