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June 10, 2011 > Cacao wins CCS diving title

Cacao wins CCS diving title

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By courtesy of Freddie Cacao

Milpitas High School freshman Alexa Cacao ended her first year with the swim and dive team in a triumphant manner. Cacao topped 42 other divers in capturing the Central Coast Section (CCS) one meter diving championship last month at George Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.

Doing her regular training in Santa Clara, Cacao showed that her comfort level was high throughout the event, which took place May 20-21. Her 486.10 score was 20 points shy of a CCS Diving Championships record.

"On the morning of CCS, I woke up confident and ready to show everybody what I can do," said Cacao. "I was in shock afterwards; it didn't quite sink in until the following days."

Milpitas finished 26th in the final team results for the girls with 20 total points, 254 points behind first-place Archbishop Mitty High School, who finished with 274 points. Cacao, throughout her preliminary- and final-round dives, remained in first place the entire competition. Her total score of 486.10 was 33.15 points ahead of second-place Grace Greenwood, a senior from Palo Alto High School.

And if you're thinking that the Lady Trojans diver had beginner's luck, think again. Having been training in diving since 8 years old, Cacao is molding into a sensation. In a recent pre-regional meet, the freshman took first in the one meter, three meter and platform events. And this weekend, in Portland, Ore., Cacao will put her talents to the test at the Junior Olympics regional meet.

"Hopefully I'll finish in the top 15 to move on to Zones in early July at the University of Arizona," said Cacao, who received the Jim Ferguson Athletic Award for Freshman Athlete of the Year at Milpitas High School's June 8 awards banquet. "Then the top six (at Zones) will be eligible for the Speedo Junior Olympics Nationals in late July at the University of Tennessee."

It's no wonder Cacao dominated the CCS Diving Championships. Her goals are lofty; CCS is a mere bump on the road to bigger and better things.

No other boy or girl on Milpitas placed in the entire CCS Swim and Dive Championships. The Trojans, however, will have Cacao for another three years, and can hope to build off her diving prowess to compete as a team in upcoming seasons. Even with the success early on, Cacao is grounded and focused.

"Right now I look to improve and to continue competing in high school and Junior Olympics competitions for the next three years."

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