INDIANA—Springville-Griffith Institute alum and current SUNY Fredonia diver Christian Krasnek finished 16th at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division-III Swimming and Diving Championships March 21-24 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Krasnek’s success came at the 3 meter board and his finish earned an All-American Honorable Mention after rallying from 22nd after five voluntary dives and becoming the 12th diver from Fredonia State College to earn national distinction.
“The experience was awesome, especially knowing what competition I may face in the next two years of competition and how the meet goes,” Krasnek said.
“When I arrived I found it very intimating being surrounded with divers that were more experienced than my competition this year. It took me until the third day to actually understand and let the fact sink in that I was a part of this elite group of 25 men considered the best in D-III,” he said. “I had to make sure to keep myself calm against all the nerves from the talent that I was around, but ultimately it felt like an honor to compete at such a high level.”
It was Krasnek’s six optional dives that made the difference, out-scoring every five voluntary dives. Those final six scored between 38.40 and 54.60 to make up the 16 points he was shy for the finals and elevate the sophomore to 15th in the preliminaries as one of the top-16 with a collective 430.55 score.
As a first alternate whose opportunity came about only after another diver from Region-IV was scratched, Krasnek took full advantage of the opportunity and finished eighth in the final consolation round with a 360.45 score for a 16th-place overall finish.
“My goal is to work harder than I ever have in this sport and place in the finals which is top-eight and hopefully being in top 3 on both boards,” Krasnek said, referencing both the 3 meter and 1 meter diving competitions.
Krasnek gave all the credit to his diving instruction along the way. Fredonia diving coach Lauren Schaefer made the trip to Indiana to help Krasnek prepare. Krasnek was under the tutelage of S-GI diving coach Ryan Dygert while attending Springville and the high school coach watched the event live from his computer.
“I'm just always impressed by him. He was the first alternate, as his regional meet didn't go as well as he had hoped, but when he found out that he was able to go to Nationals he cut his spring break short and got back on the board and was able to place 16th in the nation for Division III which has nearly 300 divers compete on the 3 meter board,” Dygert said. “The work ethic and maturity he has shown is incredible and his drive to continuously get better constantly places me in awe. I couldn't be more proud and excited for him and I can’t wait to see what he can accomplish the next two seasons.”