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Marcos' Dorman diving for state title treasure

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Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2009 3:24 pm | Updated: 6:14 pm, Sat Aug 17, 2013.

Sam Dorman was a decent enough baseball player in his youth. He would usually play catcher or second base.

But the game wasn't for him.

"I hate team sports," Dorman said. "I hate depending on other people. The coaches would actually bench me because I'd get so mad at everybody else for making mistakes."

So Dorman, now a senior at Tempe Marcos de Niza, found something more to his liking.

He joined a diving class in third grade at the McClintock Pool in Tempe.

Not only was he good at it, he had complete control over the outcome.

For Dorman, a perfect combination.

"I had to choose baseball or diving," Dorman said. "Thank God I chose diving. I was too much of a perfectionist to play baseball."

Dorman was good enough at the age of 10 for his coach to recommend trying out for a club diving team.

He hasn't slowed down since.

On Saturday, Dorman will be going for his third consecutive state diving title at the 5A state swim and dive championships at Kino Aquatics Center in Mesa.

Dorman's schedule is filled with high-profile national meets, and despite this being for a state championship, it is one of the more stress-free meets of his season.

His victory is almost a formality.

For Dorman, the goals are more internal. He will try to break 600 points, which would better his score from last year.

After the school year is over, Dorman will take his diving to the University of Miami (Fla.), the college to which he recently committed after taking six recruiting trips and acquiring a bevy of scholarship offers.

The goals remain high after that.

He has the Olympics on his mind, with either 2012 or 2016 as the goal.

Dorman remembers watching the divers on TV when he was young and being in awe. Now, if everything goes his way, he will be on that same stage.

"It's a big goal," Dorman said.

No one in Dorman's family has an athletic background in the water.

His mom runs marathons and his dad played basketball, as did both of his grandfathers.

But the entire family takes pride in his accomplishments as a diver now. Which, for the record, should not be confused with swimming.

"Everyone says, 'Oh, are you a good swimmer?'" Dorman said. "No, it's diving. It's not swimming. Everybody gets that wrong.

"My whole family, it's like, 'Oh, your son swam this week?' 'No, he dove.' Even my grandma corrects people."

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