Two Local High School Divers Win CIF Diving Titles!

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Deon Reid

Two Long Beach High School divers have earned consecutive CIF Championships in Diving this week, bringing great honor to Long Beach high school sports and to the city of Long Beach.

Junior Deon Reid of Long Beach Poly High School, a third year varsity high school diver, won his second CIF division title at the Riverside Aquatics Complex on Tuesday, May10th, and is now the reigning Division Two Boy’s Champion.  Last year Reid was the 2010 Division One Champion and the CIF Masters Champion in both 2009 and 2010, where he earned a few perfect “10’s” on his dives.  Deon has been diving for several years and has an impressive record both at the Prep and Club Diving Level.  He not only dives for the Long Beach Poly High School Swimming and Diving Team, but he dives with McCormick Divers in Long Beach, coached by Debby McCormick and Charly Collins. 

Nyko Bodnar

Fellow McCormick Diver Nyko Bodnar, a junior at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, is also a third year varsity high school diver, and a long time club diver with an impressive list of accomplishments as well.  Bodnar competed on Wednesday in Division Three also at the Riverside Aquatics Complex, and for the third consecutive year ended up with a Division Championship. Bodnar was the Division Four Champion for 2009 and 2010, as well as a NISCA All-American High School Diver in 2010.

Deon Reid and Nyko Bodnar are representative of the best in Long Beach area high school athletes, and their success in an aquatic sport makes us understand why Long Beach was last year named the “Aquatics Capital of the World”.  Next week both boys will advance to the CIF Masters Meet in Irvine, which will include the top two finishers in each division, and the next four highest placers in all divisions.  Since California is not structured for State Championships in Swimming and Diving, this is as good as it gets!

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