Dive Team at LSA
Our experienced and enthusiastic coaches will be returning for the 2021 season. PASDA has also announced that we WILL have in-person dive meets this season.
Dive practices begin Monday, June 7th
No Experience Required - Just Desire
The LSA Dive Team is for anyone age 4 to 18 who enjoys jumping off the diving board. No prior experience is necessary. Diving is a great sport for building character and confidence. The coaches aim to minimize stress and inject plenty of fun activities into the training. Coaches spend quality one-on-one time with every diver to set achievable goals, chart their progress and keep them motivated.
SIGN UP FORMS
Not Sure About Diving?
Newcomers are welcome to try it out for a week before making a final commitment. Please be sure to sign your son/daughter up so we know to expect them. No previous experience is necessary; however, if the coaches feel a young diver is not yet ready for organized practices, then that child will be asked to wait until next year.
What dives are being taught?
Each diver learns new dives at their own pace. As a general rule of thumb, divers in a given age group will perform the following:
Dive Team Practice
Afternoons until public schools close
Practice will begin on Monday, June 7th.
While public schools are still in session, practice times will be weekday afternoons.
No Dive Practice on Thursday, June 17th
Last Day of School Party at the pool instead!
Summer Practice Schedule
Starting Friday, June 18th
Monday - Friday
Divers may choose any practice that best fits their schedule, regardless of age, but in general:
SIGN-IN Sheet Every Practice
We ask that team members please sign-in when they arrive at practice. Sign-in sheets will be at the Pool entrance table. Team members will not be penalized for missing practice, rather the list is helpful for coaches to know exactly who is in attendance to ensure the safety of our swimmers and divers. Please remind your child to only sign themselves in and not their friends.
Dive Team Meets
The regular season dual meets for diving in 2021 are Wednesdays June 30, July 7, July 14, and Monday July 19 from 4pm to 8pm. PASDA Dive Championships will be held mornings July 28 and 29. A special invitational meet will be Sun July 9 at Ben Franklin Swim Club.
The LSA dive meet calendar with location and opponents is posted on the team calendar. You can also find more details about the entire league schedule at www.pasda.org.
Sign-Up Sheet for Meets
Team members must indicate which meets they are able to attend by using the sign-up sheet posted in the clubhouse. If team members are not signed up for any given meet, the coaches will assume they ARE participating.
Parent Volunteer Jobs:
Parent volunteers will be needed to help run the meets... and it's a great way to get an up-close view of the diving action!
Parent Volunteer Dive Team Coordinator,
Dive Team Coaches
Coach Kirk LeCompte
2021 will be Kirk's 13th season as the head dive coach at LSA. He and the other coaches have built one of the strongest dive programs in PASDA and led LSA to multiple PASDA Championship Titles, as well as a top three finish in each of the last 8 years. The team went undefeated in 2016 and 2017. Kirk has also served as the PASDA Dive Trustee since 2006. Growing up, Kirk swam, dove, and later coached for his teams in Virginia Beach, VA.
Coach Ola Kwasniewski
Ola is a former PASDA champion and two-time Mercer County champion who is also a standout Junior Olympic diver for JDA Diving. She finished 1st in Mercer County and 3rd in the State among high school divers in 2020. She led her high school team to a County Title, and was honored as the Lawrence Athlete of the Year, setting school records in both Field Hockey and Diving. She will be attending the US Naval Academy in the fall of 2021.
Coach Kerstyn Johnson
Kerstyn is a Junior Olympic diver for TNT Diving and competes for Lawrence High School where she is a graduating senior. She finished 2nd in Mercer County and 4th in the State among high school divers in 2020 and is a big reason Lawrence won the County Team Title. She will be attending Denison University in the fall of 2021.
Coach Beth Evaldi
Beth is a Junior Olympic diver for Princeton Tigers Aquatic Club and competes for the Hun School where she is a rising junior. She is a recent PASDA champion and 2020 Medalist at the Easterns Prep School Championship.
Guest Coach Adam LeCompte
Adam was the 2013 AAU National Champion for 13 year old boys and the Mercer County High School champion two years in a row representing Lawrence High School in NJ. He finished 4th in the State among high schools divers. He began as an LSA diver at age 4 and has won every PASDA age group and OPEN title. He dove for the Junior Olympic Blue Dolphin Dive Team for 12 years. Adam has enjoyed sharing his love of diving and his extensive technical knowledge as a coach at LSA for 5 years. We hope to see a bit of him in 2021.