Harlan diver grabs silver at 5A state meet
AUSTIN — Harlan senior Nicholas McCann was initially hesitant, his heart and mind thinking more about what he might leave behind.
McCann had advanced to the UIL Class 6A state championships in 1-meter diving in 2017 as a sophomore at Brennan, but because he lived in a certain neighborhood, he had to attend the Northside ISD’s newest high school when it opened in 2018.
Reluctance turned to joy Saturday at the University of Texas’ Jamail Center.
McCann finished second in the 1-meter diving at the 5A state championships.
“Honestly, I can say it’s the best choice I could’ve made,” said McCann, who signed with Tennessee. “It’s so cool being a part of starting new traditions at the school and being a part of a growing team. I really enjoyed my experience.”
In a duel with Montgomery Lake Creek’s Mason Williams, McCann took the lead on his 11th and final dive. But Williams, the final contestant, responded.
Williams won with a score of 480.75. McCann finished with a tally of 441.45.
“He was on first today, and I was a little off,” McCann said of Williams, a competitor on the club circuit. “He definitely deserves it. I’m happy to come away with a silver.”
Boerne Champion junior Logan Sandidge, likewise, was pleased with the hardware he took home — a bronze in the 100-yard backstroke that was his first medal in three trips to state.
“This is what I’ve been working toward,” Sandidge said. “The last two years, I’ve kind of no-ticed I get myself worked up before the races. I get super nervous and when that happens, I don’t tend to perform as well as I know I can. This year, with more experience, I just tried to think about staying relaxed, knowing that I worked hard and that my hard work should pay off.”
McCann and Sandidge was among the few highlights for area athletes on a day that started with promise.
Alamo Heights’ team of Lila Foote, Elizabeth Walsh, Bella Strash and Sophia Carroll took silver in the opening 200 medley relay in 1:48.96. The Mules led after three legs, but Montgomery surged late to prevail in 1:47.55.
The second-place showing was the only medal claimed by an area athlete until Sandidge and McCann earned spots on the podium in back-to-back events.
Foote was fifth in the 100 backstroke, Walsh was seventh in the 200 individual medley and Jayne Burrhus was ninth in 1-meter diving as Alamo Heights finished ninth.
It was the Mules’ sixth straight top-10 finish. They won the state title in 2014, were runner-ups in 2017, third in 2015 and had top-six efforts in 2016 and 2018. The Alamo Heights boys were 13th.