New Canaan's Ross takes second place at FCIAC diving championship
STAMFORD -- Westhill-Stamford diving coach Jim Bowser has been working with Sean Burston since Burston was 7 years old and has known almost since the beginning that Burston had the potential to become a champion.
Burston, a sophomore, lived up to his coach's expectations, winning the FCIAC diving championship at the Westhill pool with 440.90 points, holding off a late charge from New Canaan's Bobby Ross who finished with 438.65.
Burston capped an undefeated season, becoming the first diver from Westhill to capture the FCIAC title since 1985 in the process.
"It feels good," Burston said. "We work pretty hard throughout the season and it took building up at the end of the season to pull it out. It means a lot to do this for Westhill, they thanked me, Jim (Bowser) thanked me, so it feels really good."
Burston lead the entire meet but saved his best dives for the semifinal round, when on his first dive he scored 9, 8, 7.5, 7 and 6.5 and on his second dive of the round scored 8, 7, 8, 8, and 7.5 to take a seemingly insurmountable lead.
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Not to be deterred, Ross saved his best for last, hitting 8.5, 8, 8, 8, 8 and 7.5 on his second to last dive and 7, 6, 7, 6.5 and 7 on his last dive to pull within a few points of Burston.
The top six finishers were named to the All-County team.
Jackson McGoldrick of Darien was third with 367.20 points, Jeff Aselin of Greenwich was fourth at 348.60, Lee Christensen of Darien was fifth with 342.35 and Robbie Katz of Westhill placed sixth with 335 points.
McGoldrick locked down third with solid scores on his second dive of the semifinals, hitting scores of 8, 6.5, 6, 7 and 6.5.
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