Created: 02/26/2014 10:14 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- When Austin senior Alec Anderson was in sixth grade, he was given a list of extracurricular activities he could join.
"They have the little papers, just kind of seeing swimming and diving, and I said, 'I dive a lot in the municipal pool. Why don't we try it out?'" said Anderson.
Little did he know that the sport would become such a big part of his life.
"It's what I look forward to every winter; summer's gone but diving is starting," said Anderson.
This season, Alec won eight of the team's 10 dual meets, and finished third at true team sections.
"Every year, he takes a little bit back with him from the section meet and says, 'This is what I've got to work on,' and he works very hard to get where he needs to be," said diving coach Kris Carroll.
But he hasn't always had this much success.
"My sophomore year, I came extremely close. I took fifth and the top four go, and I failed a dive, so it was kind of a bummer," said Anderson.
But this year Alec found himself in the top three at the section meet, and will now make his first trip to the state tournament.
"I finally did it," said Anderson.
Alec says he has worked to not only add a higher degree of difficulty to his dives, but also to perfect his form.
"The hardest dive I do is a forward 1½, which is just a regular 1½ with two twists, so as I'm doing that one and a half I'm twisting around two times," said Anderson.
"He scores very well on that dive, but he's got a lot higher DD on his dive sheet," said Carroll.