FRESNO Villa Park diver Andrew Harness spotted a potential path to victory amid the momentum shifts that mesmerized the CIF State boys championships Saturday.
Maranatha’s Jacob Fielding saw a chance to recover from his stunning miss, and accomplished just that.
The higher-flying Fielding overcame a nasty landing on his back in Round 7 to edge a steadier Harness by 6.4 points for the title at the third annual meet at Clovis Olympic Swim Complex at Clovis West.
Harness, a sophomore, led Fielding by 6.25 points going into the 11th and final round but Fielding scored two 10s and three 9.5s by ripping the entry on a back 1 ½ somersaults on the 1-meter springboard.
Fielding, a junior, finished with 604.35 points on just 10 scoring dives, soaring past Colten Young’s meet-record of 581.45 for Crean Lutheran in 2015.
Diving ahead of Fielding in the order, Harness also performed a back 1 ½ somersaults for his final dive. He scored two 8.0s and an 8.5 to finish second with a high school-best 597.95 points.
The drama between the Trojan Dive Club teammates started to build in Round 7 as Harness scored three 10s on a reverse dive pike. Fielding, the leader at that point, followed on the next dive by landing on his back on his reverse dive pike for zero points.
“For a second, I was thinking to myself, ‘I have a chance – for once,’ ” Harness said with a chuckle. “Great recovery (by Fielding).”
Harness took the lead going into Round 8 but Fielding quickly recovered by scoring three 10s on a difficult, reverse 2 ½ somersaults. The dive carried a 3.0 degree of difficulty, Fielding’s main advantage against Harness in the meet, and drew loud applause from the crowd.
“Yeah, it kind of roughed me up on the failed dive,” Fielding said. “You get a little bit shook up, up here (in the head) but you got to just be able to move on and be confident in the next dive.”
Harness, known more for diving on platform, was consistent from the opening round. He didn’t…