Blackman's Alexandra Andueza Wins State Championship!

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(L-R) Alexandra Andueza and Diving Coach Tim Jones

Blackman High School freshman wins State High School Diving Championships! Congratulations to Alexandra Andueza.

Andueza scored 393 points to win the 2019 Tennessee State High School Diving Championships on Friday (2/8/2019) at the Tracy Caulkins Aquatics Center in Nashville. In doing so, she was voted the Tennessee State High School Diver of the Year and became the first athlete in school history to win an individual or team State Championship.

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Now--THE REST OF THE STORY

Alexandra and her family recently moved to Murfreesboro from Venezuela to escape political uncertainty, gang violence, extortion and inflation. In doing so, her parents left high paying jobs in South America. Her mother was as a college professor, and the father was an engineer in Venezuela. They needed work, and the parents are presently cleaning rooms at a local motel to keep Alexandra's dream alive to earn a college scholarship.

The task has not been easy. With the parents working 50 to 60 hours per week and Alexandra trying to learn a new language at a new school, and no diving coaches in the Murfreesboro area, Alexandra and her father had to make an 80 mile round trip journey to Tennessee State University and train under the auspices of Coach Tim Jones.

The American Dream came true with the 2 time Venezuela National Age Group Diving Champion, but the future will still require hard work, dedication and even a little bit of luck for this shy young Freshman as she pursues her dream of earning a college scholarship in her beloved sport of diving.

Congratulations to Alexandra Andueza, a true winner for the Heart of Tennessee!

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