By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Amanda Melish has emerged as the premiere star for Walpole High School swimming and diving over the last two years. As a freshman in 2018, Melish shattered multiple school records, including racking up 326.92 points after six dives. Melish capped off her incredible breakout freshman season by taking home the Division II state diving championship at Harvard.
As a sophomore, Melish placed first at the Kimball Cup in both the one-meter (351.55) and three-meter (337.25) dives. Melish placed second at regionals in both the one-meter (324.60) and three-meter (330.85) dives to go along with a third-place finish in the one-meter (321.35) and fourth-place finish in the three-meter (337.80) at the Zone A championships, qualifying herself for nationals. At nationals, Melish finished No. 20 in the one-meter dive (301.95) and No. 26 in the three-meter (299.55).
Melish finished her sophomore season undefeated in dual meets and earned sectional and Division II state titles in diving, as well as being named to both the Globe and Herald All-Scholastic teams.
The accolades keep coming in for Melish, as the rising junior was recently named an All-American by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Walpole AD Ron Dowd commented announced the news on Twitter.
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