Sewickley Academy athlete of the week: Simon Iwanonkiw

Friday, January 10, 2020 | 1:04 PM

Simon Iwanonkiw

School: Sewickley Academy

Sport: Swimming

Class: Junior

Claim to fame: Simon Iwanonkiw broke his arm in gymnastics years ago, and his mother responded by signing him up to be a diver as a safer alternative.

Diving from heights as high as 10 meters, which is about 33 feet, is too tall for some, but Iwanonkiw thrives on the long descent into the water. He also has been one of the most consistent athletes on Quaker Valley’s cooperative team and earned a spot at WPIALs.

Why do you enjoy diving?

It’s fun and I like all of my coaches. I’ve been with Pitt Diving Club for two or three years. They’re always fun even though conditioning isn’t too great.

What’s your typical conditioning like?

We have to do a bunch of abs and then run. It is not good.

What’s your favorite dive to execute?

Probably one and a half front from tower (at 7 to 10 meters), because I just love hitting the water from that dive and being able to have a good entry.

What challenges are there diving from as high up as 10 meters?

It’s not too different except you have more time falling before you hit the water, which makes it more difficult. It can be scarier if you look over the edge, because you know a lot more can go wrong.

What are your goals at WPIALs?

I don’t necessarily have any goals for placing. I just really don’t want to mess up any dives, because last year I forgot one and ended up doing the wrong dive. So, that’s the goal. Just don’t mess up there.

What do you feel is your greatest strength?

Probably twisting dives.

What do you want to improve the most this season?

Reverses, because I used to be afraid of them. I am getting a lot better.

What else do you enjoy at Sewickley Academy?

I enjoy my English class actually. I normally don’t like it, because I’m not that good in it but my literary teacher makes her class fun.