Hosein wins SMISL tournament

By Balinda Zimmerman

 Milan’s own sophomore Taylor Hosein took First Place at the SMISL Diving Tournament in Chelsea on 11/15/2013 with a score of 408.15.  Milan took three of the top five spots at the Diving Meet this evening with Haley Feeman taking 3rd and Becky Novak finishing 5th.  Taylor’s dives were nothing short of fantastic on a night that saw 2 girls hit the board causing collective gasps to echo throughout the room.  Both Lauren Kuhn from Bedford and Haley Feeman from Milan had minor leg injuries after contacting the board on their dives.

Parents in the audience commented that the boards at Chelsea have more than once caused tears from the girls who claim there is not enough spring for the dives and that the boards are too tight. It certainly felt that way tonight if you were watching and listening as the boards hammered and echoed often on the dives.  I know nothing about such things but my thoughts are such that if the girls are diving almost daily in different pools in the region and they are crying when having to compete in this location because of the boards, maybe something should be reviewed.

Emily Tubbs, Haley Feeman and Taylor Hosein played with the top three spots, going back and forth right to the bitter end.  If Haley had not connected with the board she might possibly have pulled out a first or second place but when sophomore Taylor Hosein took the lead she did not let up.  She certainly showed everyone what she is made of, a winning spirit.

After Haley was hurt the Milan girls rallied for her and would return to stand beside her after each of their own dives were finished.  The team spirit that Milan shows when a comrade needs them is just amazing to watch.  Taylor Hosein might have been a sophomore in a mighty big field of juniors and seniors but she certainly has an attitude of an upperclassman.

On November 19, 2013 in Dewitt, Mi. at the Regional Diving Meet Taylor Hosein, Haley Feeman, Danielle Osborn and Becky Novack all qualified for the State Diving Tournament.  In spite of her dives being turned in incorrectly and having to perform a dive she had never done before, Becky Novack pulled off a 10th place finish to make the cut for State. What an accomplishment Becky! The State Diving competitions will be held in Friday November 22, 2013 in Holland, Mi at the Holland Aquatic Center.  Eight dives will take place on Friday and the final 3 dives will take place on Saturday morning. CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK to Taylor, Haley, Becky and Danielle!


Balinda Zimmerman is a freelance writer and can be reached via email at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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