Preface by: Damon Ladd-Thomas
In Longmeadow Massachusetts, where I grew up many years ago, I was a pretty good springboard diver. Seeing my current stout shape most would put me in the category of ex-WWF wrestler and current cake eater. Though, in my day I was pretty good according to those who can remember that far back…but not as good as this current, ‘back-home champ’.
Congratulations Micah from one (older and chunkier) past 22News Athlete of the Week to a younger, more awesome, current 22News Athlete of the Week.
We wish you all the best at the Western Mass Championships and the State Meet.
Good Luck at Columbia transitioning from a Lancer to a Lion.
Original Article by: Ryan Walsh
LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Ivy League bound Micah Rembrandt is leaving quite a mark at Longmeadow, in a short time. The Lancers diver is the 22News athlete of the week.
“I want to win Western Mass, hopefully that will come in a couple of weeks, and the goal is to win states”, says Rembrandt.
Rembrandt is new to the diving scene in Western Mass. He moved to Longmeadow last spring from a suburb of Cleveland.
“This is a very nice environment to move into, everyone is very welcoming and friendly, so it definitely helped the transition, but it was very difficult”, says the Longmeadow senior.
He’s lived in Longmeadow for less than a year, but now his name will be remembered for much longer than that. Rembrandt broke Damon Thomas’ school record, which has stood since 1988.
“When I’m in a meet I’m just focusing on enjoying the experience and having as much fun as possible and then the good dives just come from that”, says Rembrandt.
Rembrandt didn’t start in the pool, a lot of his skills come from gymnastics.
“I was really good at the tumbling parts of it, but not some of the other aspects, so the local recreation department in my town, Solon, was offering a diving class and my mom signed me up for that”, says Rembrandt.
The Longmeadow senior says diving is about about body control and although the pressure on him has diminished this season, he puts some on himself to get better.
“I feel like there’s a definite pressure to keep improving and excelling, but that’s kind of always been there”, says Rembrandt. He adds, “As an athlete there’s always pressure to do well.”
Rembrandt is off to the Ivy League in the fall. He will attend Columbia University in New York City. Rembrandt will dive for the Lions and major in religion with a concentration in Jewish studies.
Original Article Click: WWLP.COM