Source: Valley Roadrunner

Pamplin opens 2014 CIF season by winning invite

by Joe Naiman
Valley Roadrunner Correspondent

April 03, 2014

Taylor Pamplin ended her 2013 CIF season by winning the diving championship at the CIF meet. She began her 2014 CIF season by winning the Early Season Diving Invite meet March 15 at Fallbrook High School’s pool.

Pamplin, who is now a junior at Escondido Charter High School, accumulated 477.50 points to win the girls 11-dive competition. Pamplin was one of 16 competitors in the girls 11-dive event.

“I’m pretty satisfied with it,” Pamplin said. “I always feel I can do better, of course, but it was a pretty solid meet.”

Pamplin had no specific score as her goal. “It was more just to get back into the high school diving scene,” she said.

“Definitely not a surprise, she’s been training really hard all season,” said Escondido Charter swim coach John McGlynn.

“She’s a very accomplished diver and she trains very hard. She’s got a lot of high-degree difficulty dives that she can do very well,” said Escondido Charter diving coach John Philips. “She can score really high.”

Pamplin trains with the Mission Viejo Matadors diving club. She had trained with the diving club at San Diego State University before making the switch last year to the Mission Viejo Matadors for the pool’s ten-meter platform boards and a coach who has competed in the Olympic Games. The change meant that Pamplin, who commutes from Scripps Ranch to Escondido Charter for school, now travels six days a week to Mission Viejo for practice.

Pamplin, who is now 16, was six years old when she moved from Santee to Scripps Ranch. After attending kindergarten and first grade in Santee and second through seventh grades in Scripps Ranch, she was schooled through Escondido Digital Academy in eighth grade before enrolling at Escondido Charter as a ninth-grader. Because of her practice schedule, Pamplin is in Escondido Charter’s independent study program rather than in a traditional classroom setting.

Pamplin was one of 29 girls who qualified for the diving at the Youth Olympic Games in Austin, Texas, in December. She finished seventh at that event.

“We’re looking forward to an exciting year,” Philips said.

Pamplin’s goal for 2014 is to win her third consecutive CIF championship. “She works very hard to get there, so we’re really proud of her,” Philips said.

Pamplin will likely complete her graduation requirements at least one semester early, but she plans to stay at Escondido Charter for her senior season. “She’d like to be the four-year CIF champion. That’s her goal,” Philips said. “She’s got her direction and her focus to meet those goals.”

Drew Webb from Del Norte placed first in the boys division.