Josiah Fick of Stillwater won the 1-meter diving championship. Photo: ANDY KOSIER - Special to the Star Tribune
Doctors told Josiah Fick that with his injured back, he might not be able to dive for the rest of the season.
He wasn’t having it.
“I was telling them, ‘That’s not going to work,’ ” Fick said. “ ‘I’m going to finish the season. This is my last season.’ ”
Though the Stillwater senior said it was painful, he returned to diving in time to win a section title after already missing about a month and the last few meets before sections. His perseverance paid off as he won his second consecutive Class 2A diving title with a 462.95 score.
Along with the injury, Fick said he’s had a lot going on family-wise, with his mom in the hospital recently. But she was at the pool Saturday to cheer him on from the stands.
“Being able to win tonight, especially after my mom just got out of the hospital, it meant a lot,” Fick said. “I’m just thrilled.”