Reigning Diver of the Year, Jack Lewis, is not unfamiliar with what it means to be a successful student-athlete. Lewis is a model-like example of what Springfield College student-athletes are encouraged to be- intelligent, honorable and prosperous. His down-to-earth exterior expels the purest modesty. His achievements do not define his whole self, but reflect his morale in admirable humility.
“Jack is a pleasure to coach for numerous reasons. He’s obviously become very good at what he does, but even more importantly, he is an individual of outstanding character. He’s one of the most humble, unassuming, and respectful athletes I’ve ever coached. Good day or bad day, he never leaves the building without thanking me,” praised Springfield College men’s swimming and diving head coach, Peter Avdoulos. “I couldn’t be happier to be witness to Jack’s successes so far, and I know there will be many more to come–in diving and beyond.”
Lewis began diving in the sixth grade, but it wasn’t until freshman year of high school that he realized his passion for diving.
“I started to excel tremendously and that’s when I knew it was what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my career,” said Lewis.
In high school, Lewis was a four-time New Hampshire State Champion and two-time New England Diving Champion. Throughout the entirety of his high school diving career, Lewis lost only one meet.
Thus far in the 2014-2015 season, Lewis has been awarded New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Men’s Diver of the Week for four straight weeks in a row.
“It’s an honor to be named NEWMAC diver off the week for four weeks straight. I have been working very hard throughout the summer a so far this season,” explained Lewis. “It gives me confidence going into the rest of the season. Every meet our goal is to be consistent, because if you are consistent then you will do your best.”
Lewis’s first acknowledgment as NEWMAC Diver of the Week was earned after an impressive performance in both a tri-meet with Coast Guard and the University of Rhode Island as well as a meet with Holy Cross.
While competing against Holy Cross, Lewis posted a score of 315.00 on the one-meter board that qualified him for the NCAA Championships. Following that qualification, Lewis placed second on the three-meter board with a score of 282.60.
Lewis’s near-perfect scores continued throughout the duration of the weekend competition against Coast Guard and URI. He placed first on the one-meter board with a score of 290.75 followed by a three-meter board score of 274.85. accomplishments which garnered him second overall in the competition.
Lewis’s second NEWMAC Diver of the Week acknowledgement was received after a dominant performance against MIT on Nov. 10.
This contest was particularly impressive for Lewis. He placed first in both the one and three-meter boards and earned national qualifying scores. One the one-meter, Lewis scored a 283.25 and finished strong on the three-meter with a score 302.70
Lewis’s NEWMAC Diver of the Week title No. three was much deserved after a standout performance against Keene State and Wheaton College. He was victorious on both the one-meter and three-meter. His score on the one-meter peaked at 328.45 and 310.70 on the three-meter, both qualifying marks for the NCAA Regional Diving Championship.
So far, Lewis has racked up four total NEWMAC Diver of the Week titles, but as the season continues that number could quickly increase.
Lewis’s fourth straight NEWMAC Diver of the Week award was garnered after an outstanding performance against defending NESCAC- champion Williams College. He posted 287.40 on the three-meter board and a 285.15 on the one-meter board. Both of these scores helped Lewis place second in each category.
“Jack exhibits a model work ethic, and his teammates certainly follow his lead. He is a powerful and aesthetically pleasing diver who is able to make difficult skills look easy, said Avdoulos. “The other divers on the team look up to him and strive to emulate his prowess.”
Men’s Swimming and Diving Schedule
Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7 @ Ithaca Invitational
Saturday, January 10 vs. Middlebury, 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 11 vs. Hartwick and Union @ Union College, 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 17 vs. NYU, 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 vs. Babson, 1 p.m.
Friday, January 30 – Saturday, January 21 @ Middlebuty Invtiational, 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.