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Sports

Male Most Valuable Athlete: Joey Scimeca

Scimeca won his second consecutive DuKane Conference dive title on Saturday.

Joey Scimeca
Joey Scimeca

Name: Joey Scimeca

School: St. Charles East, senior

Sport: Diving

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.

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