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The diving team is one of the hidden delights of Princeton. Just as mathematicians sit high atop Fine Hall twisting Greek letters into abstract beauty most of us will never know, the men of the Princeton diving team toil high above the water of DeNunzio Pool, endlessly flipping, tucked away in the far southeast corner of camps.
This semester, I had the opportunity to photograph their hidden world. I spent about six hours over two practices with the team shooting the divers above and below the water. It was interesting to see the quiet camaraderie that coms from a small team and a mostly solitary sport. The team has just five divers. The practices aren't frantic; there is little running up ladders trying to jam in as many dives as possible. There's a focused, meditative calm - diving is clearly a mental sport.
But, as freshman Noam Altman-Kurosaki says, this is also very clearly a team. "We're all really close ... It's a lot more fun because everyone's really supportive. We always help each other out if we need to." Every time someone dives, there is someone else to greet him at the edge of the pool.
Photography by Ben Koger
Interviews by Anna Mazarakis
Divers: seniors Stevie Vines and Chris Kelly, freshman Noam Altman-Kurosaki, sophomore Michael Manhard, junior Mark O'Connell.