Hannah Stumpf is a competition diver from Allatoona High School. She recently won her third consecutive 6A state diving title.
In addition to a third state championship, Hannah also set the new County Meet Record for Cobb and set the new State Record in 1-Meter Diving. She holds the current record for Cobb in the 11-Dive Format (which is used for county championships) and the State Diving Format (6 dives completed twice for a total of 12). She is also the school record holder in 6 dives and 11 dives for the 1-Meter diving competition.
Hannah is a junior this year, which means she will get a chance next year to add a fourth state championship to her already impressive resume.
“Hannah is a competitor by nature,” said Jennifer Dorrough, Allatoona’s Swim and Dive Coach. “Not only against others, but with herself, always striving to do better each and every dive. She has a great attitude and genuinely wants others to be successful as well. She is funny and kind and has an energy that excites and encourages those around her, including her competitors.”
Allatoona Principal, Candace Wilkes, agrees: “Hannah is an amazing young lady. Her commitment to hard work and dedication to excel is evident. She makes the drive to Georgia Tech each day to train, spending hours in the pool to refine her diving skills. She also carries a 4.2 GPA alongside her consistent daily training schedule. I am so proud of her and all she has accomplished as a student athlete in her three years at Allatoona High School,” Ms. Wilkes said with a smile.
Hannah was gracious enough to allow some time in her busy schedule to answer a few questions. Here is what she had to say:
How long have you been diving?
I have been been diving for almost six years.
What got you started in this sport?
I was 11 years old and a level 9 gymnast before I began diving. I had a series of wrist and back injuries that led me to change sports. Gymnastics became so mentally and physically draining that I had to find a way to utilize all my training without continuing to hurt myself. My mom suggested I take a month off from gymnastics and look into diving. I wasn’t sure who I was going to be without gymnastics, but diving has certainly fulfilled that spot.
When did you know diving was “your thing”?
The first few months I was in diving was really just to transition my head and my heart out of gymnastics. I only practiced a few hours a week at the Georgia Tech facility, but I was moved into the Gold Group (top group) by the end of my first year. Even though I knew there was going to be more time and more dedication devoted to the sport, I had already fallen in love with everything about diving. So, I was just determined to be the best diver I could be.
What type of training do you do to stay competitive?
I train 11 months a year, five days a week. I primarily work on one-meter and three-meter springboard diving, but I do practice platform occasionally. When I was 13, I tore the labrum in my shoulder while competing in a meet, so I don’t do platform diving as much any more. I have weight training classes in school most semesters, and we do regular conditioning or dry land practice every day at Georgia Tech.
What people would you like to thank for their help and support along the way?
I have to thank my competition diving coach, Amanda Miller, for being the perfect coach for me. She knows how to push me in the right ways, and I respect her coaching style and trust her decisions so much. I also want to thank my parents for making sure I am able to be a part of this sport. My mom has driven me to and from practice for five years, and I appreciate the sacrifices that have been made to help me achieve my goals. My high school coach, Jennifer Dorrough, is my biggest cheerleader, too. She always makes sure my head is in the right place.
What are your future goals/plans?
I want to attend a D-1 college where I can compete nationally and possibly internationally. I also want to pursue a degree in Kinesiology, as well. I haven’t been able to visit any schools because of NCAA COVID rules and restrictions, but I do plan on spending the spring and summer going to many different universities.
Anything else you would like to add or mention?
Next year is my last year to compete at the high school level. I hope to continue improving my skills and difficulty levels as a diver. Ideally, I would like to best my state record next year.
We look forward to next season, Hannah. Good luck in your quest for a fourth consecutive state title!