Eli Brandt ’23 continues to rack up diving honors and is the Wyvern of the Week.
The 2018 New England Division II Diving champ, Brandt set a new school diving record in a pair of recent meets.
Brandt set a new KO diving record with a score of 203 on Jan. 19 at Canterbury School. He broke the mark again the next time he took to the diving board with a score of 206.30 at Williston-Northampton on Jan. 26. The previous record of 187.35 was set in 1998 by Amias Moore Gerety. The old standard will remain on the books but as a "retired" mark since it was set according to a different scoring system, according to Kingswood Oxford boys swimming and diving coach Alex Kraus.
“Eli is an accomplished diver and despite being in Form 2, he is in his third year of competitive experience,” coach Kraus said. “Eli has improved this season with respect to the increased level of difficulty of his dives. Also, while he has always been good at using the spring from the board, this season that has been a particularly strong and consistent feature of his diving.”
Setting the record, his goal for the season was to reach 200 points, was on Brandt’s radar but it came on a day he didn’t start feeling all that great. He was able to push any doubts about his dives aside and the rest is history.
“At the meet in Canterbury, I started off very nervous. I had unsuccessfully practiced a new twisting dive that I was using in the competition that day,” Brandt said. “It also made me nervous that the diving was the first event opposed to being in the middle of the meet. Every time I get on the board, all I think about is the dive and that is the main reason why I was able to set the record.”
TIME OUT WITH ELI
Favorite athlete: Greg Louganis
Favorite Sport Other than Diving: Volleyball
Pre-Meet Pump Up Song: Irreplaceable by Beyoncé
Favorite Meal: Pho noodles
Last Movie You Saw: Instant Family (with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne).
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.