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QUICK Q&A: Lauren Puglisi, Woodbury diver

09/21/2012, 8:04pm CDT
By Star Tribune

Lauren (Red) Puglisi

Most memorable moment as a high school athlete? Achieving my goal to make all-state last year. I was told by so many people to "not have your hopes too high ... " And I decided that I would make top eight, no matter what. I couldn't stop smiling while I was on the podium.

First memory of diving: Standing on the 3-meter springboard, thinking "There's no way I can jump off of this." And I got fifth at nationals on 3-meter this past summer!

Why the nickname Red? I have red hair and when I used to practice with the U of M team, they called me Little Red. I graduated from to just plain Red around eighth grade.

Diving is ... exhilarating. It's a huge rush to get up on the board and be nervous to do a dive for the first time. It's never boring.

To prepare for a meet I ... dance with my teammates. My co-captain, Megan George, and I dance before and during meets, and we look absolutely ridiculous.

One small tip before a big meet: There's no use dwelling on the bad dives.

Have you ever been scared while diving? It's always a bit nerve-wracking when you know that a dive is going terribly wrong. There's a moment of panic that makes all of your muscles tense and make the smack so much worse.

Secret talent: Don't tell anyone, but I'm Batman.

A sacrifice during the season: Sleep.

Biggest misconception about diving: Diving is not swimming. Swimming is about going fast, and diving is about flipping in the air and landing in the water without having a splash.

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