West Orange High’s Courtney Russo placed seventh in the state in the girls 1-meter dive at the FHSSA Swimming and Diving Championships.
As a freshman, West Orange High diver Courtney Russo placed seventh in the state in the girls 1-meter dive at the FHSSA Swimming and Diving Championships Nov. 5 in Stuart. Russo, who competes at the club level for YCF Diving, is now primed for an impressive career in her remaining three seasons of varsity competition.
What was it like making it all the way to state as a freshman?
It was exciting making it as a freshman, because not many freshmen make it to state.
How long have you been diving, and how did you get into it?
About three years. I was a gymnast, and then I decided to try diving one day.
What’s the highest dive you have attempted?
I’ve dived from 10 meters. It took me probably about a year-and-a-half to get up there. The first time, I was excited, but I was also really nervous to try it for the first time.
Why do you think you’ve had such success so early in your diving career?
I always try and make the corrections my coaches give me at practice, and I practice every day and work hard.
What is your favorite memory from this season?
I think it was states — having fun with my friends and doing well.
Who is one of your role models?
I look up to my coach and (former West Orange diver) Victoria Moretti.
What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is science. I just find it interesting. It’s interesting learning about genetics and all that stuff.
Do you have a favorite television show you like to watch?
I like “Grey’s Anatomy.”
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?