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Newton teen earns top diving honors

Posted by Leslie Anderson  August 11, 2011 10:38 AM

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Gracia Leydon Mahoney, who will be a sophomore at Newton North High this fall, took first place in the 3-meter springboard and 10-meter synchronized platform events at USA Diving’s National Junior Championships last week in Knoxville, Tenn.

Mahoney was also second in the 1-meter springboard and third in the 10-meter individual platform. She is coached by Tracey Bird, diving coach at Concord-Carlisle Regional High.

Last year, at the Junior Nationals in Tucson, Leydon Mahoney, a former gymnast, won the platform, placed second on the 1-meter board, and was fourth at 3-meters in the same age group.

The 15-year old, who has qualified for next month’s Pan-Am Junior Diving Championships in Colombia, started competing at age 9 for the Charles River Diving team.

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