Every Monday night for the rest of the high school year, our sports staff will name a Sentinel Athlete of the Week featuring one area athlete who stood out on the field.
This week we select Big Spring swimmer Dillon Novak. After three seasons watching Trinity’s Bradley Buchter sweep the District 3 and PIAA diving championships, Novak finally got his chance to own the top of the podium Wednesday.
The senior diver posted a dominating 482.40 points in the District 3 Class 2A Diving Championships to win by more than 130 points and advance to the PIAA championships at Bucknell University in March. It’s his first District 3 championship.
Q: What are your keys to success as a diver?
A: Repetition on the board and pushing yourself as much as possible. That’s been successful for me.
Q: What hobbies do you have outside of your sport?
A: My day really consists of just diving, eating and doing homework (laughs). So, during the season I really don’t do much of anything else.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I would be an astronaut. I’ve always been intrigued by space and anything that floats in the sky.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My coaches and my family inspire me the most. Mostly just a lot of good advice and they’ve been through quite a bit. They inspire me to do the best that I can and they tell me that even if I don’t do the best that I can, it’s okay.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
A: I would probably live out in California because it’s warm and there’s outdoor diving.