W-M diver Gens named All-American

By Matt Bunke, Community Editor

Former Watertown-Mayer High School diver Dustin Gens, who recently wrapped up his high school career with a second-place finish at the state meet, has now been named an All-American by NISCA.

Gens is one of 100 divers from across the country who made the list. The NISCA All-American team is selected by a committee that chooses the top 100 boys and top 100 girls – roughly the top 1 percent of all high school divers in the country. The process involves reviewing submitted applications and DVDs that include competition footage, and then scoring the dives from that competition and ranking the divers based on the results. More than 600 divers submitted applications.

"I didn’t expect to actually get it," Gens said of the All-American honor. "I figured since you had to submit a video, out of 600 people it wasn’t going to happen, but I guess it did."

Gens was one of two Minnesota divers to earn All-American honors. Blaine’s Sean Leverton, who won the state title, also made the list. Watertown-Mayer/Waconia/Delano/

Holy Family’s diving coach, Jen Mell, said the honor was well deserved for Gens.

"He’s worked insanely hard," she said. "I’ve only had him for the last two years, but over the last two years I’ve seen insane improvement. He works hard in the offseason, which obviously paid off."

Gens is now getting ready to compete for the University of South Dakota, a Division I program, next season. Gens said he’s both excited and just a bit nervous about starting his college career. The team begins training on Sept. 1.

"I’m a little nervous for throwing a couple of things on 3-meters, but the other stuff doesn’t really bother me," Gens said of the transition from 1-meter boards in high school meets to 3-meters in college. "I’m excited. I’m ready for it to start."