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JACOBS REPEATS AS LEAGUE CHAMP
February 6, 1994
David Jacobs can confuse just about anybody with technical talk of degrees of difficulty. He can make people dizzy with talk of forward 3o list up to five criteria most important to them beyond the criteria used in the earlier study. The members will be asked to submit their lists before the committee’s next meeting on Feb. 19. The committee at that meeting could decide which criteria it wants to focus on. The committee also could start discussing sites not inclu/d”0in the earlier study. nts, behind winner Shawnee Mission West (359 points) and SM Northwest (224). For Jacobs, the fact that Edwards was battling a bug took a little luster off the title. “He wasn’t feeling too good today. I think he has the flu,” Jacobs said. “Especially in the last couple of dives, he looked tired. He’s a good friend of mine. This is my third year diving against him. I’ll miss him next year. “I knew coming into this season that he’d win one and I’d win one. Matt beat me twice this year. This was the second time I’ve beaten him. So state will be the deciding one.” The Lions matched their league finish of last year, but in senior Andrew Poggio’s mind, this year’s third-place showing was stronger than last year’s. “Last year, I don’t think the league meet was as competitive as it has been in years past,” Poggio said. “This year, it was a strong field. We had to work hard for third.” Poggio had to work hard for his third-place finish in the 50 free. He was seeded fifth after Friday’s prelims but moved up two spots in the finals. “My goal was to get in the top three,” he said. “I don’t know if many people besides (coach Pat Grzenda), myself, my parents and teammates thought I could do it. Pat told me I had the ability to swim with those guys. So I said to myself I have the ability, I got in the water and had a good race.” So did most of the Lions, Grzenda said. “All in all, we swam strong,” she said. “We had a few mistakes and a few of our races were not what they should have been, but those were in the minority. We had some people that had some really outstanding weekends.” Grzenda said she was especially pleased with Jacobs, who shattered the previous school diving record by 26 points. Jacobs had set the record earlier in the year but opted not to accept it because he and diving coach Muffy Fehr felt the judges had been too lenient. “He didn’t just beat the record, he blew the heck out of it,” Grzenda said. “That’s a real tribute to him. He has worked so hard. It’s good to see him come in and look so good in a championship-type setting.” The Lions will finish their season in two weeks at state. That meet will be held at Kansas University’s Robinson Natatorium. “It really helps going into state with the performance we put in this weekend,” Poggio said. “Next week will be tough. I’m really excited for it.”