Will Gottsch | Age 15 | Elkhorn High School
Although Elkhorn High School gets plenty of attention for their pipeline of great athletes, there’s one accomplished competitor who might not be on the radar of some — but should be. Elkhorn sophomore Will Gottsch jumped onto the high school diving scene as a freshman for the Antlers, lettering his first year with the team. Success on the boards didn’t begin in high school, however, as he’s been training hard and competing in the sport for several years.
Following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a competitive diver, Gottsch has been competing in the sport since the age of 9 and started competing at the national level at the age of 11. Over the last five years, Gottsch has notched top 5 finishes in both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards at USA Diving Regionals, and has become known as a fierce competitor on the national scene.
At the age of 12, his dedication began to payoff, when he took 3rd and 8th place in the 3-meter and 1-meter events, respectively, at the 2010 AAU Diving National Championships in Coral Springs, Florida. Gottsch earned a top 10 finish in platform there, as well.
This year, Gottsch has made the jump most expected, placing 3rd in the 3-meter and 4th in the 1-meter at the USA Diving Regionals in Arvada, Colorado. He also added a top 20 finish in the platform at the USA Diving Nationals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Success doesn’t come without strong commitment. The family travels to the Devaney Center in Lincoln four to five times each week to train with respected Coach Kris Hoffman of the Nebraska Diving Club. With big time aspirations and amazing dedication, it’s clear we’ll be hearing more about Will Gottsch in the future.
Gottsch has a twin sister Anna, who is also a sophomore at Elkhorn High and is a setter for the Antlers volleyball squad. His older sister Sydney attends Kansas State University. Will is the son of Bill and Carrie Gottsch of Elkhorn.