NEWS: Senior Elliot Ahlvers Breaks School Diving Record

Senior Elliott Ahlvers broke the 1-meter diving school record with a score of 485.8.


Karmina Douglas

Archived photo from 2022 spring dive season. Focusing before his dive, junior Elliot Ahlvers gets ready. Ahlvers placed second at State in 2022.

Emma Wiley

Senior Elliot Ahlvers defeated the 1-meter diving school record with a score of 485.8 on Jan. 24. This record had been held previously since 1999. Along with being the new holder of this record, Ahlvers came in first place at the Topeka Invitational, followed by his fellow teammates Isaiah Wilkins in second with 443.95 points and Michael Leonard in third with 421.95. 

Ahlvers has been on the swim and dive team for all four years of high school. He also previously participated in track but is unable to this year since he is recovering from a recent surgery. 

Ahlvers’ favorite part of swim and dive is the practices and the people.  He has been diving for nine years and is planning to continue diving in college. As of now, he is undecided about where he will attend to further his diving career. 

Swim and dive coach Annette McDonald is exhilarated by the new set record. 

“We have been looking at that record for four years, I was just so happy,” McDonald said. “We’re just thrilled for him.”

One of Ahlvers’ diving goals was to beat this record. Moving forward, Ahlvers has his eyes on one more goal: to win state.

“This year, it’s my last chance to do it,” Ahlvers said. “That’s the next step.”