HALLIE ROMAN (’18) LANDS SPOT AS TOP 20 DIVISION 1 STATE DIVER
NAMED TIMES HERALD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
November 19, 2017
Senior Hallie Roman finished a spectacular 18th place in this past weekend’s MHSAA Division 1 State Diving Finals held at Oakland Universtiy.
This was Hallie’s third trip to the State Meet and a first for placing in the TOP 20.
Port Huron Northern diver Hallie Roman
Athlete of the Week: Port Huron Northern’s Hallie Roman enjoys standout senior season
Joseph Hayes, Times Herald, November 18, 2017
When it comes to diving in the Blue Water Area, Hallie Roman is simply the best.
This weekend, Roman represented the Blue Water Area at the Division 1 state swim and diving finals at Oakland University. She placed 18th overall, but didn’t advance to the second day of competition.
She ends her senior season as the Times Herald Athlete of the Week, after dominating the Blue Water Area throughout the year. Algonac’s Nick Folkerts, Deckerville’s Kenton Bowerman and Marine City’s Rose Ostrowski were also considered for the award.
“She is a strong diver,” Marysville swim coach Julie Rogers said. “She dove Division 1 and that is very competitive. So when she faced local competition, that is different than what she went against (at the state finals). She is a very good diver. She has a higher degree of difficulty than the other girls in our area.
“She has been the one this year that our girls have been chasing. She worked for that. She came in as a gymnast three years ago and had the tumbling but not the diving experience, and she turned that into being a very good diver.”
“Reflecting back on my senior season, I had so many amazing things happen,” Roman said. “I went three years undefeated in the (Macomb Area Conference) Blue (Division), won Blue Water Classic the past three years and made tons of memories with my team and the other divers in the area that I’ve swam and dove with the past few years.”
Roman credited the many people that have offered her support over the years for her success. She said without them, she wouldn’t have achieved the same things.
“I don’t think there is just one key to success,” Roman said. “For me, it comes from self-motivation and confidence, as well as hard work and determination. I also wouldn’t be where I am without the support I have received from everyone around me, including my teammates, coaches, teachers, friends, community and most importantly, my family.”
Even after she graduates, Roman has no plans on giving diving up. She is already exploring opportunities to compete in college while majoring in kinesiology.
“I am very happy with my accomplishments in my high school career,” she said. “I’m proud of myself for starting without any diving experience to diving in the state meet. The Division 1 field is very tough and I’m proud to say that I have qualified to the Division 1 state championships the past three years.
“I am very happy with how I dove at the state meet this year, as judging is very tough.”
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