Sami medals & Alli scores

Marshalltown sisters net top-12; Park defends title

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Pleasant Valley athletic director D’Anne Kroemer presents Marshalltown diver Sami Trowbridge with a medal after she finished sixth at Friday’s Iowa Girls High School State Diving Championships at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA. Trowbridge scored 401.95 points to claim the final spot on the podium.

Coming into Friday’s Iowa Girls High School State Diving Championships at the in the Linda Bloom Natatorium inside the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, the Trowbridge sisters of the Marshalltown girls’ dive team had the same individual goal in mind: top 10.

In their first taste of the state meet, they nearly met their goals, but just missed out.

Sami broke the 400-point mark, scoring 401.95 points to claim sixth place, coming up just short of her season-best score, which was in the 403-point range. The sixth-place finish put Sami on the podium of top finishers. She edged out Linn-Mar’s Brooklyn Corey for the final spot on the podium by 1.05 points as Corey finished with a total of 400.90 points.

Alli came in 12th place, posting a score of 386.60 points. The Bobcat sophomore missed out on the top 10 by 7.25 points.

“What a great night,” said MHS coach Angie Nelson. “We moved the list around just a little bit to really try and give us our best opportunity to make it past the cut. They did a great job in the first five. Both of them were sitting very, very well in the first five. That next three rolled around, both sitting pretty well. Just a great opportunity for both of them to finish all 11. I’m so proud of both of them.”

Pleasant Valley’s Claire Park defended her 2015 state diving championship, closing out her diving career with another state title. Park scored 495.85 points to claim this season’s title, to go with her score of 517.95 from a year ago.

Sami started the night off strong with three of her best scores coming in her first five dives. During her second dive of the night, a back 1 somersault 2 1/2 twist free, she scored a 44.55. She scored again in the 40s on her next dive, a back 1 somersault 1 1/2 twist free, she secured 42.55 points. On her fifth dive, the last dive before the first round of cuts, she scored 45.10 points on an inward 1 1/2 somersault tuck.

“I’m so excited,” Sami said. “I’m so happy. My goal in the beginning of the meet and last night was to make the first five cut. Then after that, move it up to eight. After I made that, I just wanted to get into the top 10.

“My two twisting dives is what got me a good score, and motivated me to do better and get better scores. My inwards were also really good today.”

Alli’s best scoring dive of the state meet happened on her second jump. A back 1 somersault 1 1/2 twist free scored 41.40 points. After Alli made it through the first round of cuts, from 30 divers down to 20, another 40-point dive in the seventh round of diving helped propel her to the final cut after eight rounds, down to 16 divers. On an inward 1 1/2 somersault tuck, Alli posted a 40.70, her second best individual score of the night.

“I didn’t know what to expect with it being my first state meet,” Alli said. “It was a learning experience for me.

“I think there’s a lot to learn from this year, which I can take into next year, and practice in the offseason, which will help.”

After getting their feet wet at their first state meet experience, both of the Trowbridge sisters are increasing their expectations heading into their next two years of diving, especially Sami, who has already raised the bar on herself into a goal of a top-5 finish at next year’s state diving meet.

Park was in a dead heat for the top spot all night long with Jayna Misra of Ames. That was until Misra hit the board on one of her dives, which netted her only 15 points. Misra fought hard to get back into the race, even scoring 50.40 points on her last dive of the night, an inward 1 1/2 somersault pike. That was until Park, on her final attempt of the night, a forward 2 somersault pike, secured 44.85 points and the state title.

“I knew exactly what I needed to do,” Park said. “I needed to be clean and consistent. That’s what I believed I did, and that’s what got me here.

“I’ve always been told one dive doesn’t make your entire meet. That’s what I go by. I told (Misra) that. I love having her as a competitor. She’s an amazing diver. To be this good as a sophomore is amazing. So, I’m very proud of her and everything she did. Even with that slipup, she still has two more years to make a championship.”


The Trowbridge sisters donned pink and black color suits for Friday’s state diving competition. It was to honor their grandmother who had been diagnosed with breast cancer this past summer. Alli and Sami were surprised Friday when their grandmother, who lives in Springfield, Mo., got up at 4 a.m. to make the trip to Marshalltown to watch her granddaughters compete at state.


Girls State Diving Championships


At Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA

1. Claire Park, Pleasant Valley, 495.85

2. Andrea Adam, Iowa City High, 468.35

3. Jayna Misra, Ames, 466.15

4. Jolynn Harris, DM Lincoln, 429.10

5. Jayden Lovell, CR Kennedy, 421.30

6. Sami Trowbridge, Marshalltown, 401.95

7. Brooklyn Corey, Linn-Mar, 400.90

8. Josie Hovey, Johnston, 397.10

9. Ellie Shearer, Dubuque Senior, 396.15

10. Katie Culver, Linn-Mar, 393.85

11. Annie Noll, Dowling, 392.30

12. Alli Trowbridge, Marshalltown, 386.60

13. Elena Wiese, Waukee, 384.50

14. Skylar Meyers, CR Jefferson, 381.00

15. Tea Grady, Johnston, 380.75

16. Joscelyn Buss, Ames, 377.95