Teen diver breaks Louganis’ 34-year-old record
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The oldest mark in the San Diego Section swimming and diving record book, one set by a four-time Olympic gold medalist, has fallen.
Granite Hills High diver Kevin Dreesen, 17, earned a cumulative score of 587.75 points Monday night at the Grossmont Hills League Finals, comfortably breaking a mark set by Greg Louganis.
In 1977, the Valhalla High great scored what for decades seemed to be a permanent record, compiling 556.76 points off a 3-meter board in his junior season.
Dreesen, a blond-haired, blue-eyed senior who will attend BYU, was on a 1-meter springboard at Helix High for his 11th and final dive on a cold night. He broke the record on a dive worth 67.5 points — a back 11/2 somersault with 11/2 twist free.
Dreesen, who appeared humbled by the historic splash, said it “still hasn’t sunk in.”
“It’s definitely been a goal,” said Dreesen, whose father attended Valhalla with Louganis. “Maybe not the most in front to focus on, but it’s always been something that’d be cool to do, so it’s awesome to beat the record … I left my mark on something.”