Apr 19, 2013 4:05 PM by Greg Smith
Literally making waves is about the last thing you'd want to do as a diver. But as a local high school competitor closes in on the record books, he's making plenty of figurative waves.
Eric Moore is not just one of the best divers in the state, he's one of the best in school history. Now he's got his sights set on the Fountain-Fort Carson record to prove it.
"It kills me to say it," says Moore. "I'm less than 15 points away. When some people look at it, they say 'oh, 15 points. That's not a whole lot.' But technically, that's half of a dive. I'm close, and I'm getting there, and I'm ready."
It isn't much considering he regularly scores in the 180's. But it may seem monumental because it's all that separates him and one of his best friends. Keith Green set the 6 dive record his senior year, and it's been the number one goal for Moore since he started diving.
"Seeing his name up there every time I look up on that scoreboard," says Moore. "It kind of kills me because I know him, and I know how great, and how hard he worked. He's had it since 2008 and I think that's been up there for four years too long."
Each meet is another chance to replace his friend in the record books. But each meet, he's come up just short, making the fast approaching season's end a source of anxiety.
"Every time I get close, I'm like 'oh, I was right there, I could have gotten it,'" says Moore. "It punches me in the gut. It does motivate me to work that much harder because I feel like I have the potential to get there. I want to set it high enough so that no one breaks it for a while."
But as much as he'd like to replace his friend on the record board, it's more about sharing the moment with him.
"If I break that record, I should say when I break the record," says Moore. "I'm going to go up to him and give him a hug, and I'm going to say 'I did it. Thanks for being one of my biggest motivations.' Hopefully he'll be happy."
If someone's going to break it, who better than a lifelong friend.
Eric has three more shots at his four year goal, starting this weekend.