Eason, a three-sport high school athlete who has been diving since seventh grade, came away from the True Team state meet with a victory. Later this month, he’ll compete in the Class 2A, Section 4 meet, looking to make a run at the state meet.

 

Q: How did you get into diving?

A: My sister was a diver so she kind of started me on it.

 

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the sport?

A: Probably the mental challenge of it, instead of physical. All my other sports that I play are all physical challenges, but this is more of a mind game than anything else.

 

Q: What is your routine before a meet?

A: Basically just stay in the right mood and eat well and stay hydrated. Hydration is probably pretty important.

 

Q: What are your goals for the remainder of the season?

A: State is coming up. I hope I can at least get top-five in that. Maybe first, if I can really put my mind to it.

 

Q: You were a Class 2A True Team champion. Does that result give you some confidence heading into the postseason?

A: Oh yeah, completely. I did not think I would get that title until I did. It was really exciting.

 

Q: How did last year’s experience at state prepare you for what you might encounter this year?

A: It was actually pretty bad. I’ve gone to state three times so far and all three times I haven’t done nearly as good as I did in the rest of the season. So it was kind of a bummer, but I hope it’s good this year.

 

Q: What are your plans for next year and how does diving fit into them, if at all?

A: I was looking into diving at school, maybe. Certainly if I get into a school because of diving that would be awesome. I hope to get into the U of M or maybe St. Thomas or Madison [Wisconsin], but I also have gotten into Iowa State so my options are pretty open, which is good.

 

Q: Aside from diving, what types of things do you like to do in your free time?

A: I live on a lake so I like to skate because during the winter it’s frozen. And I wakeboard a lot, too.

Betsy Helfand