Zawadzki finishes first in state diving championship


Photo contributed by Noah Zawadzki

Senior Noah Zawadzki signs his National Letter of Intent, officially committing him to Virginia Tech. Zawadzki won the state championship for one-meter diving.

Championship titles take lots of hard work to achieve, and senior Noah Zawadzki did just that.

The 2018 4A State NCHSAA State Championships took place from Feb. 9 – Feb. 10. This year, it was held in Raleigh, N.C.

Zawadzki placed first in the one-meter diving event, with a score of 589.90. He ended up with a finals score of 577.65.

The senior has been diving for 10 years, having dedicated a significant amount of time to the sport. Zawadzki practices at the Greensboro Aquatic Center four times a week, trains at Tumblebees Ultimate Gym once a week and lifts weights over the weekend.

Striving to win states for the past three years, Zawadzki came close with a fourth place win for the past two years. He succeeded in fulfilling his goal at this year’s championship meet.

“When I found out I got first place, I was ecstatic,” Zawadzki said.

The hard work that Zawadzki has put in over the years has paid off, earning a diving scholarship to Virginia Tech.

“Noah is perhaps one of the most acrobatic athletes I’ve ever seen,” Virginia Tech’s head diving coach Ron Piemonte said. “I see Noah making an immediate impact for us on all three levels, as a freshman.”

Zawadzki has been harnessing hard work ethic to achieve his goals.

Diving is a competitive sport that requires both physical and mental perseverance. Zawadzki has proven himself as an influential role on Northwest’s diving team. In the near future, he will work hard to prove that he is a key member of the “H2okies.”

Zawadzki’s friends and family have been supportive of him throughout the recruitment process.

“Noah is an extremely dedicated athlete. He comes into practice every day with a good attitude and a bright smile,” junior Samantha Gillis said. “I’m so proud of his accomplishments and I can’t wait to see him excel at collegiate diving.”