Girls Varsity Swimming · Gubera finishes career 15th at state

Feb 17, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — Western Boone senior didn’t have big expectations for her first experience at the IHSAA State Finals.

The standout Star diver just wanted to have fun, enjoy the experience and do the best she could.

And she delivered with the best performance of her career.

Gubera, seeded 31st out of 32 heading into the meet, placed 15th at the State Finals with a new school record score of 408.30.

“I couldn’t have asked for a much better finish,” Gubera said. “Today I just decided to have fun, and I actually think that’s what did it for me today.”

IHSAA records for girls swimming and diving only go as far as 1997 online, but no other Western Boone swimmer or diver had scored in the state meet during that time frame.

Gubera said as the meet went on, she was really thinking about that, just was focused on her next dive.

“Originally I couldn’t have dreamt about that, but it just played out that way,” Gubera said. “I tried not to get too caught up in it, and I just had fun and it worked out.”

At state, all 32 divers get five dives, and the top 20 divers after that advance to the semifinals.

After three more dives, the field is cut down to the 16 finalists, who then get three more dives to determine final placement.

Gubera scored 106.55 on her first three dives, and was sitting in 19th place.

Her big dive came in round four, where she scored a career-best 48.30 to move into 10th place, and was then 12th overall after the prelims.

“It really gave me confidence, even more than I had before,” Gubera said of the fourth dive. “It showed me I could do this and helped me through it.”

Gubera held steady for the next three rounds, scoring 35.70, 39.95 and 34.0 on her next three dives and advanced to the finals in 16th.

One thing that was beneficial to Gubera was that by luck of the draw she was diving right after eventual state champion Morgan Casey of Fishers.

Gubera said that helped her get focused before each dive.

“I was cheering just with them,” Gubera said. “You have to appreciate the work she put in, and made me want to put my best work in.”

Gubera moved into 14th with a 39.6 on her ninth dive, but slipped to 16th after the 10th.

She ended her career with a 34.80 on her final dive, and moved into 15th place.

It marked the end of her storied Western Boone diving career.

She holds the school record for six and 11 dive competitions, was a four-time Sagamore Conference champion and a three-time sectional champion.

“This was the perfect end to my career,” Gubera said. “Better than I could have even fathomed.”

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter and Zionsville Times Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter