September 18, 2006
Moultrie -- Colquitt County senior Hannah Moore has had a lot of success on the diving board.
A state champion and national finalist, Moore is ranked as one of the top divers in the country, and is being heavily recruited by some of the top college diving programs in the nation.
Moss Farms diving coach Ed Goodman has high expectations for senior Hannah Moore in her upcoming high school season.
"She's got as good a shot at winning the state meet as anybody," says Goodman. "Probably the best shot."
Moore says, "Last year I did not have a good state meet. I came in third, but this year I'm hoping to do way better."
Moore started diving at the age of seven, was a finalist at the nationals every year since she was ten, and it's about to pay off big.
"I see Hannah not having to pay a dime for school," says Goodman.
"I'm actually going to Virginia Tech this weekend," says Moore. "I went to Alabama a couple weeks ago. I'm going to visit Georgia and South Carolina, and then I guess I'll have to make my decision."
Moore says the attention is great, it's the decision that will be tough.
"I'm not the type of person that likes to pick, you know? I like to have a lot of choices, but I don't like picking."
Goodman says sending a diver off to college with a scholarship is what he looks forward to most.
"Everybody talks about the Olympics, and the Olympics are a great thing but only two divers in each event in the whole country get to go," says Goodman. "For me, the best thing you can do for a kid is to help them get a full ride or a partial scholarship to college. That's a lot of money."
The High School diving season begins in mid-November.
The Virginia Tech diving team is led by former Moss Farms diving coach Ron Piemonte.