In the span of two years, Taylor Hockenberry went from never competitively diving to be one of the best divers in the state. She proved that in the span of five days in mid-February, when the Mars sophomore won meets and broke records of two of the WPIAL's biggest stages.
"It wasn't natural for me right away," Hockenberry said. "When I first started diving, I wasn't really into that sport. I didn't really care for it at first. Now I really love the sport of diving," Hockenberry said. "It was at the point when I started making goals for myself in diving, that I really started to love the sport."
On Wednesday Feb. 13, Hockenberry won the diving competition at the MAC Swimming and Diving championships at Moon. She scored 493.25 to edge Riverside's Brittany Hart who scored a 488.65. Hockenberry broke the pool record and also broke the MAC meet record of 485.75 set in 2002 by Cassidy Krug, one of the all-time best WPIAL divers and the daughter of Julian and Doe Krug, diving coaches at the University of Pittsburgh where Hockenberry trains year-round.