New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Mohawk High junior McKenzie Stelter is a WPIAL champion.
Stelter won gold with a score of 419.85 at the WPIAL Class AA Diving Championships at South Park High School.
Moon’s Heather Lonkert finished second with a score of 417.65 and South Park’s Grace Klimek was third at 394.65.
The 11-dive competition was close the entire way through, with Stelter and Lonkert locked in a tight battle. Stelter scored well on five straight dives in the preliminary round to hold a 3.85 point lead. But Lonkert responded in the semifinal round of three dives, overtaking Stelter by 9.5 points.
Heading into the final round of three dives, Stelter cut the deficit to 2.15 with one dive to go. In her final dive, she nailed a reverse one and a half twist for 43.20 points to take the crown.
Stelter now will make her third appearance in the PIAA Championships on March 13 at Bucknell.