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SWIMMING AND DIVING: Munter fourth, Hendricks 12th at state

Bemidji High School senior diver Cameron Munter receives his fourth place medal in Saturday’s state swimming and diving meet at Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 2
Bemidji High School senior Cameron Munter hits the peak of a dive at the Class A state swimming and diving meet Saturday at Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center at the University of Minnesota. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bemidji senior Cameron Munter took the fourth spot on the Class A state swimming and diving podium Saturday, recording a 372.35 finals score after three dives.

Because of the high level of difficulty in his dives, he dropped one place lower than where he was after the preliminary dives.

“I didn’t do as good as I could’ve,” he said. “I didn’t do great, but I’ve definitely had worse meets in the past. I’m just happy I finished decently strong.”

Two of Munter’s three dives, the reverse two and a half and the inward two and a half, are rarely seen in high school competition, Munter said.

“I think Cam did very well for what he had,” BHS diving coach Ryan Ohnstad said. He did the two most difficult dives in the whole Class A state tournament.

“He takes it pretty well. He was comfortable with both of the dives. Diving is something where you can always do a little worse and you can always do a little better. That’s why they score it 0-10.”

In his three dives, Munter turned in scores of 30, 34.65 and 35.65, respectively.

“It’s a great experience,” Munter said. “Just the rush and the thrill and the great facility, diving with great, amazing people and right in front of such a big crowd. It’s a great time.”

According to Ohnstad, saying Munter is coachable is an understatement.

“Not only working with a kid of his talent, which is high, but also character,” Ohnstad said. “Cameron, his personality is one of the nicest kids you’d ever meet. On top of the fact, he works hard every day in practice. He’s a hard working kid and a great kid to be around. And he’ll do well in college.”

Munter said he plans to dive at college next year, but hasn’t yet settled on a school to go to.

In the swimming pool, junior Sam Hendricks took fifth in the consolation finals heat with a time of 5:02.81 – just over seven-tenths of a second longer than his preliminary time – to take 12th place overall.

“I felt like it went pretty well today,” a satisfied Hendricks said. “I swam good. I was able to maintain my time and my place.”

Swimming a 500-yard race twice in both the section meet and the state meet, in a period of eight days, is no easy feat, according to head coach Kristen McRae.

“I think for Sam swimming that 500, he was awesome today,” she said. “He has swam that 500 four times in the past week at a race pace, high level of intensity. That’s a lot of times. The kid is consistent, and he’s got his head in the right game. The cool thing is he’s looking ahead: ‘What do I have to do next year to get better and get faster?’”

Hendricks will take one or two months off to rest before getting right back into training for next year.