Mandan senior Johnny Mindt captured his third state diving championship last weekend and set a state meet record with an 11-dive total of 526.55 points. The previous mark was 509.80.
Mindt said he has had the state record in his sights all season. To that end, he's been working on a high-value dive to have at his beck and call when necessary.
He employed that dive, a 3.5 forward somersault, on his 11th and final attempt. He was rewarded with 52.5 points and the coveted state record.
"It has a difficulty of 3.1. I knew I had to throw it to get the state record," said Mindt, who will attend the University of Minnesota. "I've been practicing it for months -- since the beginning of the season."
Mindt said he put up two 57s during the meet, both with dives rated 3.0.
"I threw a reverse two and one-half in the prelims and a back two and one-half in the semis," he said.
Mindt said claiming the state record was tremendously rewarding, all the more so with his father looking on. His dad, John Henry Mindt III, was a state champion diver for Mandan in 1987.
"Just going out and throwing those kinds of dives is extra-difficult to do. I wanted to make my dad proud. He was a diver, too, so I wanted to show him what I could do," Mindt said.
In the finals, Mindt had scores of 51.7, 55.2 and 52.5.
Last week's performance was his second trip over the 500 mark this season. He posted a 517 at West Fargo in a January meet.