Shaun Kennedy will own virtually every Brainerd High School boys' diving record by the time he graduates next spring.
That's almost guaranteed from a senior in his sixth varsity season who already is a three-time all-state performer.
At the Warriors' invitational Dec. 27, Kennedy added another record to his massive collection by setting the BHS pool mark for 11 dives. He amassed 483.6 points, smashing the previous record of 439 set by St. Cloud Apollo's Mike Noonan in 1989.
Shaun Kennedy profile
Sport -- Diving
Other events -- Medley and 200 free relays, 50 free
Year -- Seniors
Age -- 17
Height -- 6-foot
Weight -- 180 pounds
Other sports -- Tennis
Grade-point average -- 3.97
Memorable sports achievement -- Earning All-American status in 2002
School activities -- Band
Favorite subject -- Calculus
Favorite food -- Chicken
Favorite movie -- "Christmas Vacation"
Hobbies -- Photography
Future plans -- Attend Division I school for diving
Athlete he admires -- 2002 state diving champion John Schmidt of Stillwater
Parents -- Tracy and Lorie Kennedy
"That was my goal for that meet," Kennedy said. "It was the only 11-dive meet we will have in our pool this year, the only one we have had in a long time, so it was the one chance I had to get Noonan's name off the (leader) board. I was nervous, but I tried to stay as focused as I could and stay relaxed."
The six-dive pool record, also held by Noonan (295.3), is about the only mark Kennedy has yet to obtain. Otherwise, he set the school record for 11 dives (492.1) as a sophomore and the school record for six dives (291.55) as a junior.
Warriors head coach John Zemke said Kennedy does everything possible in the offseason to improve.
"He's certainly gotten better every year," Zemke said. "When you get up to that level you have to do more than just three months of work. Shaun has done everything he could possibly do to improve, weights, diving club. There's not much more he could do in the offseason to prepare for this year.
"Obviously, by working on a higher degree of difficulty, he spends more time tweaking the little things. Those things have improved for him also."
Kennedy dove last summer in the Junior Olympic program in the Twin Cites.
"I competed against all the guys I competed against at state," Kennedy said. "We were diving together all summer.
"(The 2003 state meet) will be a tight meet. Hopefully, I will do some good things. I hope I can skip second place and jump to first."
At state, Kennedy placed fifth as a sophomore, fourth as a junior and third last season. Four of the top five finishers, excluding state champion John Schmidt of Stillwater, should return to state this season.
"State competition is going to be tense, it's going to be stressful," Kennedy said. "There are some good divers coming back."
Kennedy, a two-time section champion, is being recruited by Michigan and Minnesota. He also being called on to swim several events this season. With the team shy on depth, he swims the medley and 200-yard freestyle relays and the 50 free.
"Our team is not as deep as in past years," Kennedy said. "We're smaller in numbers this year. That's probably the reason we need divers to swim. Actually, I don't mind it, as long as they're short distances."
Other notable efforts by Warriors:
Jake Phillips, boys basketball, scored 34 points, including six 3-point baskets, vs. Tartan.
Mandy Hanson, girls hockey, made 22 saves in a 2-0 victory vs. Shakopee and 38 in a 3-2 win vs. St. Louis Park.
Erin Holznagel, girls hockey, had 5 goals and 3 assists as Brainerd captured third place in the yellow division of the Holiday Cup.
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