By: George Pohly, Macomb Daily
It was the first day of swim practice, and a coach asked, "Does anyone want to dive?"
Adam Schmehl spoke up.
"I'll try it," he said.
That was four years ago, when Schmehl was a sixth-grader.
Now he's in the 10th grade at Anchor Bay, and he has never looked back at his decision to try diving.
"I loved it from the beginning," he said. "I absolutely loved it."
And diving has loved him back.
Schmehl posted a score of 243.60 points against L'Anse Creuse North on Tuesday, finishing first for the second time in as many MAC White Division dual meets as he builds toward what he hopes is another satisfying finish at county and state levels.
Schmehl takes the sport seriously.
"I've been training year around," he said.
"He's really investing," Anchor Bay coach Kevin Ott added.
Schmehl dives every chance he gets at the Anchor Bay Aquatic Center.
And that's not all.
"I practice at Oakland (University) with a national team called Legacy Diving," he said.
Schmehl is a student of the sport who pays attention to details, Ott said.
"Perseverance," the coach said when asked to name Schmehl's strengths. "And wanting to learn more challenging dives.
"There are a lot of elements to diving. There are divers that can do the dives, but they don't get all of the elements, like the height that's required or a nice clean entry.
"When I look at him, he's working on every single (element), and it shows."
Schmehl finished third at the 2018 county championship meet, and then he had a top-16 finish at the Division 1 state finals with a score of 311.55.
"I hope," he said when asked if he can win the county crown in February.
"I hope to make it to the MISCA (coaches association) meet, and make the top 16 in the state again."
Schmehl said he's trying to make back-twisting and reverse-twisting dives part of his regular repertoire.
"That's going to boost my dd (degree of difficulty) a lot," he said. "I'm finding my way."