Malvern Prep’s Nick Harris is Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week – PA Prep Live

The senior diver, a two-time All-American, finished first on the Eastern Leaderboard last winter by a significant margin in both the 1-meter 6 dive (score of 347.70) and the 1-meter 11 dive (score of 539 ,70). He finished first at National Catholics on January 16 and set the pole record at Penn Charter on January 18. He will dive next winter at the University of Texas, where he has been admitted to the McCombs School of Business.

Q: What is your most vivid memory of your Eastern Leaderboard dives last winter? What was the key to your success?

A: My best memory of these dives is getting my 305c at both events. Those were strange encounters without a long lead time and no one in the stands. I treated it almost like an internal pressure exercise. I hope I don’t have to do that again, but I’m glad we had the chance.

Q: What is (in your opinion) your best dive so far this season? What was the key to your performance on that dive?

A: My best dive so far this season was 5152b at 1m, front 2 1/2 somersault with a full turn, divers call it a full out. Very few high school divers can do it at 1 m, you have to be quick through the bend and have strength for the flips. With its high difficulty, it can score in the high 60s.

Q: What are your best dives, in order?

A: My best dives in order are 103b, 5152b, 107c, 305c, 205c, 405c.

Q: What aspect of your diving have you been working on lately?

A: I’ve worked a lot on skills and the little things to prepare for the big dives, get more power and height out of my hurdle, and get stronger.

Q: What sparked your original interest in competitive diving? Which coaches/mentors have been particularly helpful to your diving career?

A: I watched the Olympics and International Meetings when I was younger and found it very interesting. My current coaches, Todd and Tarra Michael, from TnT Diving, have been my greatest mentors.

Q: What is the main difference between indoor and outdoor diving competitions for you?

A: Outside it is a little more difficult as the sky is sometimes the same blue as the water so it can be confusing. In flipping dives you have to decide when to get out of the dive, when you do 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 flips you don’t have much time to make a decision.

Q: What’s the coolest place you’ve ever dived?

A: British Columbia, Canada in 2017 for Pan Ams.

Q: Take us through a typical workout session, both in the pool and gym.

A: Typical training sessions consist of stretching and stretching and lots of reps. I sometimes use the weight room for certain workouts.

Fun Facts – Nick Harris

Favorite Book: And Then There Were None

Favorite Author: Agatha Christie

Favorite TV show: Full House

Favorite movie: Deadpool

Favorite Athlete: Steph Curry

Favorite pre-meet pump-up song: The Show Goes On

Favorite team: TnT Diving, or the Sixers

Favorite place to visit: Florida

Meeting preparation on the day of a meeting: “I sometimes listen to music or I just like to talk to people to zoom in.”

Favorite pre-meet meal: Bagel

Family members: Parents Jim Harris and Wendy Niebler, sister Gigi Harris.

(To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, a student athlete must first be nominated by their coach.)

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