As Danny Parshall made his way up to the diving board for his next-to-last plunge during Louisa’s Conference 23 meet on Friday, Feb. 7, he couldn’t help but let the daredevil on his shoulder take over. Having already qualified for the state tournament due to his previous scores, his next jump was technically worthless.
But worthless wouldn’t do. Parshall wanted to make it memorable.
“I figured I would throw a triple somersault,” Parshall, a junior on the dive team, said. “I went to the meet having never done it before.”
A triple somersault is one of the tougher tricks to master in the sport. It involves a diver making three complete head-first rotations before hitting the water. Though Parshall had basically mastered a double and a two-and-a-half somersault, the triple had eluded him for quite some time.
Parshall dove, he flipped and he conquered. He also ached.
“I ended up hitting my ribs and bruising them, but I did it,” Parshall said. “It definitely affected my last dive of the meet. It hurt getting out of the water, but it was a cool experience!”
After the meet, dive coach Julia Robbins conferred with the meet’s director as well as other divers, all of whom said they believed Parshall was the first Virginia high school student to land the trick in competition.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 20 edition of The Central Virginian.