Firestone CLC senior Jacob Stephens is the male Student Athlete of the Week for March 2nd-9th.
Jacob was a diver for the Firestone Falcons. The reason he was a diver is his season has completed after finishing 13th at states.
He overcame many obstacles to get down to states, including a bout with kidney stones his junior year. For Jacob, it was not always an easy dip in the pool, and he is thankful of what he accomplished.
"It was more general enjoyment that got me through,” Jacob says of his diving tenure. "The last two years were a bit monotonous, but I just went through it with the goal in mind to go to states, and just used that to keep pushing through."
No stranger to the swimming pool, his diving career began in eighth grade while swimming at Fairlawn Country Club.
"My dad wanted me to play a sport, and he said it’s either swimming or diving,” says Jacob. “[But] to be honest, I [wasn’t] a fan of swimming anymore, so I decided to go with diving.”
Now that his diving career is through, Jacob wants to explore other sports on the club level, such as boxing or fencing.
After high school, Jacob plans on heading to Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, Florida for college, majoring in computer science. Coding computers is definitely up Jacob’s alley, but he would also entertain aeronautics as a minor, which is what Embry-Riddle prides itself on.