PENSACOLA, FL. - There is a swimming and diving season for the team representing the University of West Florida this year.
If the first three meets are any indication, the Argos are going to difficult to handle.
And that’s good news for those who have followed and thrilled in watching Kelsey DeJesus of Watertown do her thing better than just about everyone on the diving board, even if it’s as part of an abbreviated schedule.
DeJesus, the former Watertown High School All-State and All-NVL star who didn’t skip a beat when she moved up to the collegiate ranks, began her sophomore season for the Argonauts on with back-to-back meets on January 15 and 16.
DeJesus and the divers had a birds-eye view as the Argos started the season by heading to Flowood, Mississippi to face Millsaps College and Rhodes College in the first meet of the season on the 15th and came out on the winning side in both meets, defeating Rhodes, 199-63 and Millsaps 22-23.
The following day, DeJesus and the divers saw their first competition and helped the Argos complete the opening week sweep by defeating Delta State, 158-42 in Cleveland, Mississippi.
DeJesus made her contribution by placing first in both the one and three-meter events.
This weekend the Argos will head to Birmingham, Alabama, to face Birmingham Southern, Sewanee College and Berry College on Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23.
For the final meet of the regular season the Argos will face Tulane on Saturday, January 30.
All meets this season will be away for DeJesus and the team.
The undefeated four-time NVL diving champion while at WHS, DeJesus hopes to pick up from where she left off during her successful freshman season, a campaign in which she was named diver of the meet at the NSISC Championship and advanced to the NCAA diving championships.
At the NSISC meet, she dominated, winning the 1-meter championship (441.70) and scored a 482.55 to place first in the 3-meter.
DeJesus, who gave an early indication of the accolades that were to come when she qualified for the USA Nationals on the one-meter board in 2016, became second UWF freshman diver to earn All-America status at the NCAA Championships, and already ranks tied for eighth Most All-Time in NSISC Individual Championship first place finishes at UWF with two total.
This year’s New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Championship will take place February 24-27 in Cleveland, Mississippi.
The Argos finished first at the conference championship last season and return 22 swimmers from last year.
Every year, DeJesus gives herself a tough act to follow; is there any reason to doubt her second act at UWF won’t earn another flood of rave reviews?