BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — When it comes to the different degrees of difficulty among sports, diving ranks near the top of the list.

It takes juniors and seniors years to master certain dives, but a 13-year-old boy has learned them in just a couple of months.

Before this swim season began, Andy Pfau didn’t give a single thought to being on a diving board. He had been in gymnastics his whole life, but since that wasn’t an option he ended up on the diving board, which was extremely lucky for Bloomington Jefferson High School.

Pfau said he was a little scared at first, but now thinks diving is “no problem.”

He has lettered in the sport after just three swim meets, which is virtually unheard of. He’s the Jaguars’ only varsity diver. A few weeks ago he helped them qualify for True Team State.

“Just winning was really nice,” Pfau said. “With the team also was great because they didn’t have any divers last year. They weren’t expecting me.”

Neither was the competition. In a sport that awards points for degree of difficulty, Pfau has dived right in with flips, twists, and all kinds of other fearless moves.

“It’s not a matter of if he can win state,” coach John Fisher said. “It’s a matter of how many times can he win state.”

There’s plenty of time to find out. Fisher says Pfau has learned three years’ worth of dives in two months. And like his confidence, his point total continues to go up.

“Nobody saw him coming this year and he’s blowing everybody away,” Fisher said.

John Lauritsen