Stamford diver Hannah Chuckas adds state Open crown to class title

Westhill-Stamford diver Hannah Chuckas added the State Open title to her resume.

Westhill-Stamford diver Hannah Chuckas added the State Open title to her resume.

Westhill-Stamford Swim / Contributed photo

MIDDLETOWN — Hannah Chuckas’ walk onto the pool deck and toward the diving area for the State Open 1-meter competition brought with it a feeling of comfort. For the junior from Westhill-Stamford, it had been a week since she had captured the Class LL title at Middletown High.

The mentality was familiar, but different.

“I felt that same kind of adrenaline, especially knowing it was the best of the best this time,” Chuckas said. “I was nervous the whole day. I started off the meet a little rough.”

The ending was far more to her liking.

Chuckas’ score of 462.75 held off the challenge from Class M champion Adriana Mieses-Sanchez from Windsor whose total was 456.95 after 11 rounds. New Canaan juniors Natalie Penman (449.20) and Kaitlyn Maggio (446.75) placed third and fourth, respectively.

“I was far back but then my fourth dive caught me up. It was my highest difficulty dive. I never nail it but this time I did.”

Chuckas will next train with her club team, Whirlwinds, at the New Canaan Y.

“I’ll do my diving, and I do dance once a week,” she said. “In the spring I’ll play lacrosse. Its different and I love the change. I usually play defense. I’m good at getting in people’s faces.”

Even when its not to bow her head slightly and accept a championship medal.

State Open results :

1. Hannah Chuckas (Westhill-Stamford) 462.75;

2. Adrianna Mieses-Sanchez (Windsor) 456.95;

3. Natalie Penman (New Canaan) 449.20;

4. Kaitlyn Maggio (New Canaan) 446.75

5. Jade Su Casey (Glastonbury) 431.30

6. Annie Bingle (Greenwich) 430.30

7. Alison Colburn (Conard) 424.55

8. Julia Stefanowicz (Westhill-Stamford) 399.00

9. MaKenna Sharpe (Jonathan Law) 390.50

10. Ava Gravgaard (Brookfield) 383.60

11. Ella Olafsson (New Canaan) 381.05

12. Cale Mandell (Weston) 379.70

13. Kate Whitaker (Staples) 372.90

14. Javiera Garcia (Greenwich) 372.20

15. Ella Bernegger (Woodland) 370.80

16. Megan Hayes (Darien) 364.35

17. Mia Guster (Staples) 348.70

18. Kathryn Wittenauer (Masuk) 346.55

19. Sophie Root (New Canaan) 337.50

20. Esme Merrill (Greenwich) 337.10

21. Mykayla Lavery (Brookfield) 333.35

22. Lilly Wurm (Darien) 332.55

23. Annelise Enters (Darien) 332.00

24. Olivia Perkins (Darien) 325.25

25. Camille Caldrello (Waterford) 234.10

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