Luke Dotson can be forgiven if his new favorite color is silver.
That was the color of the medal he was awarded at Friday’s District One boys diving championships at North Penn’s Rick Carroll Natatorium.
Dotson, a Council Rock North junior, scored 457.25 points over 11 dives to capture second place in the Class 3A competition. He was fourth after the preliminaries, and moved up to third after the semifinals.
“Before the meet I would never have expected to get second but as the meet went on and Alec (Prione of Bayard Rustin, the third-place finisher) and I were close I thought I had a chance,” Dotson said. “We were really close after the semifinals and I thought if I could really hit my final dives I could get him and I did it.
“I think all around I did pretty well. I think my best dive was definitely my reverse one and a half but overall I thought all my dives were pretty good. I’ve been to this meet before and I’ve been to other big meets so I was pretty relaxed. I wasn’t nervous or anything. This is definitely a fun meet because I get to see a lot of my friends.”
He finished fifth at this event last year.
“I moved up from last year and that’s definitely the goal,” he said. “I think I’ve made a lot of progress since last year so it’s good that it showed.”
The top eight finishers in Class 3A advance to the PIAA championships, slated for March 11-14 at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.
Last season, Dotson’s first at the state meet, he just missed making it to the finals, placing 21st.
“At states last year, I don’t know what happened but I hit (the board) during my warmups,” he said. “I hit my arm and I had this huge wrap on my arm and I think that distracted me and that just set the tone for the day for me so I didn’t dive well.
“I’m looking forward to going back and hopefully doing better this year. States is a really fun meet because I get to go with my friends from the swim team.”
He has been diving since age 12, when he was recruited to join the summer program at Lower Makefield Township by coach Joe Costello.
He would like to dive in college, and is considering West Point.
“I’ve been talking to their coach a lot,” he said. “The campus is awesome. I love the outdoors, so it’s great for me.
“I’m not sure what I’ll major in. I just want to serve my time, do my thing and hopefully be as successful as possible in whatever it is.”