LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For the first time ever, the Pineywoods has a chance to have a diver at state.
Carter Wood is practically the only diver in the district, and with no diving center in the area, training can be a bit interesting.
“I have to drive to Conroe once a week,” Wood said. "I will practice for about 3-5 hours a day. I only get to go once a week. Most of the other kids are practicing every day.
The lack of practice has not effected Wood. Wood will participate in the Regional meet next Friday in College Station. No one from the Lufkin/Nacogdoches region has gone to state in diving.
“He is just a natural athlete,” PCA swim coach Marissa Nash said. “He can take something and just go do it better than you thought."
This is not something Wood has done for years. Wood picked up on the sport last year when he was an eighth grader.
“He was at regionals last year watching his brother,” Nash said. “he saw the diving board and the competition and walked up to me and said, ‘I think I want to do that.'"
In that short time, Wood has succeeded on the board, beating some divers that have four-year scholarship offers to major programs.
“You cannot have a sloppy dive,” Wood said. “Everything has to be perfect.”