FHN’s Peter Lucido Wins State Diving Championship and MO Diver of the Year

Posted on 11/10/2016

Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes, and Francis Howell North (FHN) High School’s Peter Lucido is proof of that adage. His dedication to diving and his team just helped him make a splash in Missouri’s diving ranks, where he won the State Diving Championship, as well as Missouri Diver of the Year honors.

“Peter has been undefeated in dual meets for his four years in high school,” said Stephen Kelly, Lucido’s coach. “He has finished fourth, third, and third the three years prior to this year at the state meet.”

Those excellent finishes only motivated Lucido to continue improving, so he kept working toward being the best. “I think Peter's greatest improvement to his diving has been his improvement to ‘Rip a Dive,’” Kelly said. “That means the ability to enter the water straight, with as little splash as possible.”

That merely is a drop of water in a pool of improvements the young man has made over his career at FHN. But it’s his desire to never settle that sets him apart. “I think Peter's biggest asset has been his dedication to improving,” Kelly said. “He practices four to five hours a day, and sometimes repeats that on Saturdays. Peter does this year round.”

A state championship and Missouri Diver of the Year honors are a welcome reward for Lucido’s hard work. But the cherry on top is a sweeter future. “It has paid off for him,” Kelly said, “because he has a scholarship to dive at (the University of Missouri) next year.”

Swimming and diving are great sports that people can continue to participate in through their entire lives, and both are also great character builders. Kelly said, “I feel that independence and developing self-motivation are big characteristics that help swimmers and divers. This is a team program, even though you are competing individually.”

Just because you compete one-on-one against other divers doesn’t mean you don’t have a team to work with. Kelly talked about Lucido’s ability to help others on the team. “Peter has been a great teammate,” he said. “He is always on the other end of the pool doing his own thing, but will often come over to visit the swimmers just to socialize and check in on his teammates.” And that can be valuable to coaches and players alike. “Sometimes coaches are caught up with others, and Peter takes time to offer help to younger divers who are less experienced. Peter will be a good team member next year at Mizzou.”

And FHSD is glad to have had him as a teammate over the last four years. Congratulations to Lucido and his family!


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