By Rob Kiser
OXFORD — It was not exactly the way Isaac Karn had expected to do it.
But, the Piqua senior diver exploded past a goal he had for more than a year Monday in the Division II sectional diving competition at Miami University.
Karn, who has been on the cusp of the 500-point milestone several times, shattered it with a 523.15 score Monday night.
The most unusual part of that — Karn, who had qualified for the state meet in Division I the last three years, finishing fifth a year ago, found out just a week ago he would be competing in D-II this year.
“It is just that I am diving against different guys,” Karn said. “I had dived Division I the last three years, so I knew all those guys. I am competing against different guys. It doesn’t really change my perspective. I am just going against different people.”
Karn knew he had something special going Monday night.
“It is not every night that you nail every dive,” he said about the 11-dive competition. “I knew I was doing pretty well.”
Especially when he looked at the scoreboard before his final dive.
“I saw I had 480 points,” Karn said. “I wasn’t surprised. I knew I was diving pretty well. When I saw the scoreboard with 480, I figured I was going to break 500. I only needed 20 points.
“I was a little nervous. But, I was pretty sure I would get at least 20 points. I had a good dive and I knew I had done it. A lot of the divers thought the judges were being a little harsh with the scoring. I just had a really good night.”
The only diver within 100 points of Karn is a guy he is somewhat familiar with.
Noah Vigran — the diver who finished second to Karn at the Southwest Classic — had 494.10 points.
“Yes, he will be there at districts,” Karn said. “There were a lot of divers at the Southwest Classic — and at the Neb Reed earlier this year. So, I know some of them.”
Karn finished second at the Neb Reed to defending Division I state champion Cameron Thatcher from Powell Olentangy Liberty.
He then won the Southwest Classic — the largest high school meet in Ohio, before defending his GWOC diving title and recording the high score in winning the Trotwood sectional among all the divers headed to district.
“I am just focused on getting back to state at district and doing my best,” Karn said.
And soaring past the 500-point milestone and adding to his record.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.