Brooke Andrews. Courtesy photo.

Brooke Andrews. Courtesy photo.

Andrews soars onto the national stage

Brooke Andrews, 13, is looking to compete at the 2018 USA Diving Junior National Championships.

Brooke Andrews is 13 years old and is heading to the 2018 USA Diving Junior National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia where she will be competing in both the one-meter and three-meter springboard diving events.

The national championships will take place from July 29-Aug. 4 and will feature competitive divers from all over the country.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Andrews said. “Right now, I’m just focused on doing my best.”

Andrews resides on Mercer Island and is going to be an eighth-grader at Islander Middle School. She initially got into the sport of diving around the age of 7 because one of her friends invited her to join a summer league dive team on Mercer Island at a beach club.

Andrews would participate on that summer league dive team for three years until she discovered Dive Seattle around the age of 10. Andrews first joined Dive Seattle as a summer camp experience, but then began taking advantage of their year-around lessons.

Three to four days a week, Andrews trains with Dive Seattle at the King County Aquatic Center located in Federal Way. For Andrews, diving at such a high level and being able to travel to competitions with her teammates all over the country has helped her gain a greater passion for the sport over time.

According to Andrews, USA Diving hosts three competitions every year known as regionals, zones and nationals. In order to successfully qualify for nationals, Andrews had to place in the top 15 at regionals, advancing to zones where she had to place in the top 10 in order to finally make it to nationals. Andrews will be the only diver from Mercer Island competing at nationals this year.

Andrews’ Dive Seattle coach, Alejandra Fuentes, has played a major role in Andrews’ success up until this point. Fuentes emphasized that Andrews’ strength and discipline as a diver has helped push her to greater heights at such a young age.

“She has come a long ways from where she started,” Fuentes said. “I’m really proud of her work.”

Prior to her coaching position with Dive Seattle, Fuentes was a competitive diver herself. In the year 2000, Fuentes qualified for the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In addition to the 2000 Summer Olympics, Fuentes competed in the world championships from 2001-2008 as well as in the FINA Diving Grand Prix from 1998-2007.

At the age of 24, Fuentes called it a career and began taking on the role of coaching back home in Venezuela alongside her husband. Fuentes and her husband would eventually make plans to leave Venezuela in search of a new home and found an opportunity to apply for a coaching position with Dive Seattle. When their application was accepted, the rest became history.

As far as expectations go for nationals, Fuentes expressed that the most important thing is for Andrews to put out her best effort and hopefully advance beyond the preliminary stages of her events. In order to advance through prelims and qualify for the semifinals, Andrews will have to place in the top six for each of her springboard events.

“My main expectation for her is to have the experience, have her personal best and dive her best,” Fuentes said. “What happens next, it will be what it is.”

This will be the first year for Andrews competing at the national level. Beyond all of the excitement surrounding nationals, Andrews looks forward to using her first-time experience at nationals as a way of continuing her growth as a diver and aspires to achieve diving success for many years to come.

“Right now, I’m really looking forward to diving in high school,” Andrews said. “I think that would be a really cool and fun experience.”

Follow Dive Seattle on social media at @diveseattle on Instagram and on Facebook by searching Dive Seattle.

Brooke Andrews. Courtesy photo.

Brooke Andrews. Courtesy photo.

More in Sports

Mercer Island Islanders senior football player Bryce Fitzwilson utilizes speed and quickness on the gridiron. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Controlling the edge with speed and quickness

Stalwart defensive end Bryce Fitzwilson leads by example.

Mercer Island girls lacrosse players Grace Fujinaga, Annabelle Gersch and Hannah Tiscornia hold the state championship trophy following their 10-9 victory against Bainbridge Island in the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association championship game on May 17. Photo courtesy of Kathy Gersch
Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez, left, and Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone, right, collaborated on a book titled, “Edgar: An Autobiography.” Martinez and Stone attended a book signing on June 12 at Barnes Noble in Bellevue. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Legendary Mariner meets a plethora of fans

Edgar Martinez visits Bellevue Barnes & Noble to promote his book.

Mercer Island resident Michael Magnussen has competed in all six of the marathon majors in the world since 2016. Magnussen clocked a time of 2:56.21 at the London Marathon in May. This past February, Magnussen finished with a time of 2:55.40 in the Tokyo Marathon. Photo courtesy of Theresa Magnussen
Running is a way of life for Magnussen

Hard work and determination pays dividends for avid Mercer Island runner.

Mercer Island Islanders sophomore Tegan Yuasa is currently the top-ranked male 55-kilogram athlete in the sport of Judo. Yuasa will compete at the Cadet World Championships, which will take place from Sept. 25-29 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa
Yuasa earns first place in the USA Judo Elite Senior National Championships

Mercer Island High School sophomore Tegan Yuasa captured first place in the… Continue reading

Mercer Island Islanders senior Grant Stading (No. 19) hustles down the first-base line after hitting a grounder against the Capital Cougars. Capital defeated Mercer Island, 7-1, in the first round of the 3A state playoffs. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Cougars conquer Mercer Island in loser-out playoff game on diamond

Islanders finish the 2019 season with 13 victories.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls lacrosse team hoists the state championship trophy following its 10-9 win against Bainbridge Island on May 17. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Pure Jubilation!!

Mercer Island girls lacrosse team captures a state title.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls golf team captured third place as a team at the 2019 3A Sea-King girls district golf tournament on May 13. The third place finish ensured the Islanders varsity golf team a berth at the Class 3A state tournament. Islanders’ golfers pictured in the above photo are Gihoe Seo, Annelise Rorem, Katelyn Travis, Yumi Baston, Grace Shaddle and Lilly Pruchno. Mercer Island coaches Don Papasedero and Tim Okamura are pictured on the right. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Islanders golf team earns third place at districts

Mercer Island golfer Gihoe Seo earned second place individually

Mercer Island junior Maya Virdell (pictured) captured first place in the 300 hurdles at the 3A KingCo track meet at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Virdell cruises to a first place finish in 300 hurdles

Mercer Island junior continues to dominate in her best event.

Mercer Island senior Maggie Baker (No. 5) captured first place in the 400 at the 3A KingCo track meet at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Baker registers first place finish in the 400

Mercer Island senior takes the top spot.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls 1600 relay team consisting of athletes Maggie Baker, Maya Virdell, Gretchen Blohm and Ashley Rudd, earned first place with a time of 4:07.66 at the 3A KingCo track championships in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Islanders’ quartet finishes in first place in 1600 relay

Mercer Island captures first place by a significant margin.

Mercer Island senior Matthew Capone, left, dribbles the ball up field while being guarded by Juanita sophomore Andrew Taylor in a game on April 11. Juanita defeated Mercer Island, 2-1, in a loser-out, 3A KingCo playoff game on May 7 at Mercer Island High School. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Rebels defeat Islanders in overtime

Mercer Island finishes the 2019 season with eight victories.