By Anna Skinner
A.J. Krok, Brebeuf, will be heading to Dartmouth this fall.
The Westfield resident will join the diving team at Dartmouth, as he dove for Brebeuf through high school. Krok started out in Westfield schools for kindergarten before attending St. Maria Goretti from first grade through eighth grade.
“A big reason (for attending Brebeuf) was that Brebeuf provided a supportive atmosphere in which he could balance varsity swimming and diving, club diving and academics throughout his high schools years,” said Krok’s mother, Windi. “He was able to break school records, compete in the USA Diving Junior circuit, and graduate with high honors. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”
Krok began diving in fourth grade, when a local diving club sent a brochure to his home. At the time, Krok enjoyed gymnastics. Diving seemed like a good combination between gymnastics and swimming, and sure enough, he’s been doing it ever since.
“He works really hard to get to where he is,” Windi said. “He’s had a lot of joy and a lot of heartbreak through the process and never gave up. We are very proud of him and he’s going to end up doing great things”
Throughout the summer, Krok will be completing workouts to prepare him for the Dartmouth team. These workouts include a regimen of diving, dryland training and physical therapy.
Krok plans to study physics, and he leaves Sept. 4 for school.