LINCOLN — There will be at least one new champion crowned Thursday at the boys and girls state 1-meter diving championships at the Devaney Center.

Braden Kowalski of Lincoln Pius X isn’t on the Thunderbolts team for his junior season; he won the 2018 state title by 13.05 points over Koby Bretz of Omaha Westside.

Omaha Marian sophomore Megan Carter is back to defend the girls title she won last year. As a freshman Carter scored 466.55 points to debut at No. 9 on The World-Herald’s all-time chart.

The girls competition is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., with the boys set to follow at 2 p.m. The fields for both meets are larger this year. There were 32 girls entered in 2018; that number is 36 this year. The number of boys entered has increased from 31 to 38.

Carter’s sister Taylor set the state record in 2015 with 526.00 points to become the first diver in state history to score more than 500 points at state in an 11-dive program.

Megan Carter’s 2018 total also was one point higher than her mother and coach, Becki Clark, now Becki Carter, posted to win the state title at Marian in 1986. Her score of 465.55 still ranks No. 10 all time.

From the regular season, Carter’s closest competitors are Millard West freshman Audrey Frohloff and Crusaders teammate Claire Hartley. Carter’s top score during the regular season was 476.65, with Frohloff at 455.90 and Hartley at 429.40. Four divers from Millard West are ranked in the top eight.

A pair of senior boys posted scores over 500 points during the regular season. Millard South’s Zach Boyd won the Metro Conference meet with a 515.65, and Michael Huebner of Kearney recorded a 502.28 at a meet in Columbus in January.

Sophomores Bretz (471.10) and Jonathan Brouillette of North Platte (457.35) are seeded third and fourth. Juniors Cayd McCarter of Norfolk (436.90) and Charles Frisbie of Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (412.05) are the other two contestants with scores over 400 points.

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