GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central junior Shyanne Milne claimed her second straight Hoosier Heritage Conference diving championship Thursday evening at Greenfield-Central. On the boys’ side of the meet, Cougars teammate Ben Rader, a sophomore, finished second.
Pendleton Heights senior Dylan McCammon, who broke his own HHC meet record with 560.1 points, won his second-straight title, as well. Cougars senior Jacob Keener finished in third (366.9) behind Rader’s 407.6 points.
Milne, who led after the fifth and eighth rounds, took the title with 391.75 points, which was ahead of Laura Cochran of Mt. Vernon, who finished second with 320.9 points.
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“It feels good,” Milne said of the repeat. “I didn’t do my best, but I’m not really too upset about it. Getting first isn’t just what matters to me, but I am glad I did.”
Greenfield-Central head diving coach Duane Knecht said consistency was the key to Milne’s performance.
“This is more of a relaxed meet for her,” he said.
“We can be flexible and there are no cuts. She drove pretty consistent tonight, a couple miscues but nothing too bad. Overall, she had a pretty good score.”
Rader, who trailed Keener after five rounds, overcame his teammate after the eighth round by nearly 15 points. Knecht said the battle between Rader and Keener in practice has been helpful for each and their overall improvement this season.
“It’s kind of fun to watch both of them go at it,” he said. “One meet, Jacob’s winning and the next meet Ben is. They are really pushing each other.”
New Palestine’s Connor Page, who was out of the top six after five rounds, snuck into fifth after eight rounds behind Grant Miller of Pendleton Heights and finished fifth overall with 274.15 points.
Greenfield-Central’s Wyatt Deno took over sixth place after eight rounds and stayed put for a sixth-place finish.
Cougars’ freshman Maci Montgomery was in fourth after five rounds but fell to sixth after all 11 rounds were complete.
Milne grabbed first place after five rounds in front of Breanna Evans of Delta and Jones of New Palestine. Mt. Vernon’s Cochran was .45 points behind Jones for fourth after five rounds and just ahead of Montgomery from Greenfield-Central.
McCammon, who finished eighth at the 2014-15 IHSAA state finals, was in first after five rounds just ahead of Keener, who was right in front of Rader by a slim, four-point margin. Carter Stephenson of New Palestine was in fifth place after five rounds.
The swimming portion of the HHC meet will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Palestine.
2015-16 Hoosier Heritage Conference Diving Championship
1. Shyanne Milne (GC) – 391.75
2. Laura Cochran (MV) – 320.9
3. Breanna Evans (DH) – 314.4
4. Shannon Jones (NP) – 311.9
5. Maddie Cougil (PH) – 299.5
1. Dylan McCammon (PH) – 560.1
2. Ben Rader (GC) – 407.6
3. Jacob Keener (GC) – 366.9
4. Grant Miller (PH) – 316.9
5. Conner Page (NP) – 274.15