Name: Joey Scimeca
School: St. Charles East, senior
Why he was selected: Scimeca won his second consecutive DuKane Conference dive title Feb. 8 with a score of 503.80. Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson caught up with Scimeca.
Bartelson: How did you get your start in swimming?
Scimeca: I started diving after an injury in gymnastics. My mom signed me up for classes, and on the first day I was asked to join the team.
Bartelson: Why did you choose to somewhat specialize in dive?
Scimeca: I never really swam competitively. I’ve always been more into the acrobatic side of the swim and dive team.
Bartelson: How do you get over the mental hurdle that could come with competitive dives?
Scimeca: Diving is a very mental sport, especially with my new dives I’m learning. It’s always a struggle staying positive, taking deep breaths, and visualizing helps a lot with keeping a clear mind.
Bartelson: What’s the best dive-related advice you’ve received?
Scimeca: The best diving-related advice I have gotten is from [former swimmer] Tom Williams. He told me to stay positive and be [conscious] mentally of what I’m saying to myself in practice or in competition. You’ll get better the more positive thoughts you have.
Bartelson: Are you committed to a college for swimming?
Scimeca: I’m going to be attending Auburn University next year. Still unsure if I’m going to walk on or not.