PENDLETON — Dylan McCammon sat poolside Monday afternoon before diving practice and was happy about the Herald Bulletin 2014 Boys Swimmer/Diver of the Year honor, but was quick to put it in perspective compared to his lofty plans.
“To me it doesn’t feel like it is that much of an accomplishment, because I have such higher goals I want to accomplish,” McCammon said.
The Pendleton Heights sophomore diver has aspirations of earning honors linked to state, national and international stardom.
One of his immediate goals is becoming a state champion before his time with the Arabians concludes.
During this season’s state finals he earned a fifth place finish with a score of 456.90, a dramatic improvement on his performance during his freshman season, where he tallied a score of 383.4 to finish in 13th.
“I took (last) summer off because I had a lot of problems where mentally I didn’t know what I wanted to do anymore,” McCammon said. “But, I came back and I knew what my goals were going to be for this season and I worked really hard at achieving those.
“I wanted to make podium at state and I did that.”
His path to the finals included a conference championship that resulted from an undefeated regular season, with first loss being a second-place finish during the sectional round to the eventual state champion.
“He came in as a pretty well rounded and talented diver as a freshman,” Pendleton Heights swim head coach Jeff Maydak said. “He has certainly done nothing to disappoint in his two years with us. He is a hard working individual.”
After he made his way back to the pool from his brief hiatus, McCammon told Pendleton Heights diving coach Kevin Rockhill that the 2020 Olympic trials were a long-term goal that he wanted to strive toward.