Dehn wins second county championship

For brothers Taylor and Cameron Dehn the high school diving season is a mixed bag.
Half the time they show up to dive in a meet and there are no opponents to dive against.
Or the opponents aren’t near their class of diver.
Or the judging is sub-par.
So Taylor’s second straight Palm Beach County diving championship Oct. 7 was just ho-hum.
Taylor, a sophomore at St. Andrew’s, scored 529.70 points on the 1-meter springboard at the North County Aquatic Complex to outclass Benjamin’s Jonathan Speed by more than 30 points.
Cameron finished fourth with 453.95 points.
The Dehn brothers dive year round and recently moved from the Coral Springs Dive Team, where they were training with Dave Burgering to St. Andrew’s, where they train under Pito Alberti.

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Alberti also helped coach the brothers at Coral Springs, so he is a familiar figure, but Taylor said when their dad decided to move them from Coral Springs, “I was mad at first, ‘cause all my friends [are there.]”
At St. Andrew’s he can only work on the 1-meter (the only board used in Florida high school diving) and the 3-meter springboards.
To continue his progress on the 10-meter platform he heads down to Fort Lauderdale’s International Swimming Hall of Fame on the weekends.
“I usually do a nice, long practice,” he said.
Traditionally the 1-meter has been Taylor’s least favorite board.
“I don’t like the 1-meter,” he said. “But I’ve been diving it a lot and it’s getting easier because of practice.”
Taylor finished fourth on the 1-meter at the State Class 1A championships last year.
Also on the sophomore’s agenda is putting on some weight.
At 5-foot-9, 130 pounds he has bulked up a little in the last year, but he said he’d like to add another 10-20 pounds of muscle.
“I’m going to start hitting the weights after the season,” he said.
Seventh grader Cameron was a little disappointed to finish fourth at the county meet, three places behind his big brother.
But he issued a warning at the St. Andrew’s pool last weekend.
“When I’m in ninth grade and he’s in 12th grade it’s going to be a hard competition,” he said.
Devin Richman, who finished sixth at the county meet, and Chris Sacks also dive for the Scots.
Neither dive year round and Sacks is still putting together a full list.
Sacks says diving with the Dehns, “really pushes me pretty far to keep up with them. I enjoy [the sport.] I’d like to get better.”
Richman wasn’t expecting to get sixth place at the county meet, but instead said, “I was thinking I’d get ninth out of eighth.”
As for diving with the Dehns he joked that, “I’d like to break their legs because they’re so much better than me.”