BLOOMINGTON — Columbus North diver Grant Fehribach battled back from 16th place in the Bloomington North Diving Regional on Tuesday to make the eighth-round cut, but the senior could not continue to climb his way into the top eight.

Fehribach ended the fifth round with a 145.55 score, which was 9.2 points behind 12th place. He landed some solid dives in the next three rounds that jumped him four spots to advance to the final three rounds.

Fehribach stayed at 12th place, and ended with a 302.95 score. The top eight divers advanced to the state competition Saturday IUPUI’s Indiana University Natatorium.

“I just kind of had a change of mind (between the fifth and the eighth rounds), and it helped me improve my diving,” Fehribach said. “At the beginning, I was very nervous, and it definitely made me not dive as well. Then, I just realized that it didn’t matter, and somehow that is where I operate best.”

Fehribach said he dived poorly on Tuesday, but felt his entire season getting to the regional went well for him in his last year. It was a good year both team wise and individually, he said.

Although he will no longer be a Bull Frogs diver, Fehribach will be taking many memories with him as he moves on from the team, especially from his freshman year.

“That was probably my year as a team because I was introduced to such a new environment,” he said. “It was so friendly and open. Everyone was accepting. It was great to be in that for the first time.”

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Frank Bonner is a sports writer for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5632.