Windsor High Diver is one of the best in the state | High school sports
WINDSOR – Adriana Mieses-Sanchez had never set foot on a diving board when she joined the Windsor High Swim and Diving Team as a freshman in 2018.
Three years later, the senior became one of the state’s top divers, earning a spot on the West Florida University swim team in Pensacola, Florida.
“I’ve only been diving for a few years, so joining a diving school is amazing,” Mieses-Sanchez said. “I’m super excited, because I’ve been working hard to keep my grades and improve on my dives. I’m glad my hard work paid off.
Mieses-Sanchez started doing gymnastics at a young age and stayed in the sport for 13 years before going into diving.
Mieses-Sanchez struggled in preseason training, but learned quickly and qualified for Class L state competition at the end of her first season. She finished 21st with a score of 281.10 on 11 dives.
“She didn’t dive very well and didn’t get a good score in the United States,” Windsor coach Ericka Fangiullo said. “But it was a good learning experience.”
At Fangiullo’s request, Mieses-Sanchez joined Rip-a Dive, a club team in Hartford, where she worked on her consistency and added more difficult dives to her repertoire in the spring through summer.
Mieses-Sanchez placed fourth in the Class L competition in second year (370.70). At the State Open, she was seventh, winning 448.62 points in 11 dives.
State and open competitions were canceled during Mieses-Sanchez’s junior season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she set the school diving record three times and won the event at the Championships in CCC North.
“You start with mastering the fundamentals and then when you master them it increases the difficulty of your dives,” said Fangiullo. “Once you increase the difficulty, it all depends on your consistency. Consistency in your approach, consistency in the air and consistency in your entries. This is where we are now. Her difficulty is higher, she is more constant and she gains more height during her dives, which will allow her to obtain higher scores. This is where I saw the growth as she got older.
In April, Mieses-Sanchez emailed dive coaches at the University of South Carolina, the University of California at San Diego, and the University of West Florida, and immediately sparked interest from Barbara Parker from UWF.
Mieses-Sanchez paid an official visit to the UWF campus from September 10-12 and made a verbal commitment to the program shortly thereafter. She plans to sign her national letter of intent in November.
“I came down and watched the team train and stay on campus with them,” Mieses-Sanchez said. “I saw their training on dry land, their aquatic practices, all of that. I really want to major in marine biology and minor in environmental science. West Florida had what I was looking for academically and athletically. They have a very good academic program for what I want to do, as well as a very good dive team. The coach helped me set up meetings with counselors and took me around the campus and made sure I understood what the college had to offer. Getting this opportunity is amazing.