Chiles' Chase Lane - WTXL/TCC Scholar Athlete of the Week

Chiles' Chase Lane - WTXL/TCC Scholar Athlete of the Week
Posted at 12:40 AM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2018-02-15 07:30:47-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Chiles High School boys swim and drive team won the Class 3A State Championship over the weekend. It was the first team title for the boys in school history, and the icing on the cake for an already stellar career for senior Chase Lane.

"God gave me a great talent, and I used it to my advantage," he said.

Along with winning a team title with Chiles, Chase claimed his third straight individual diving State Championship- now that's taking advantage of a talent.

"Definitely when you got the target on your back, it definitely takes nerves of steel for sure," said John Lynch, who coaches several divers in Leon County. "The first time is easy. When people are chasing you, it definitely gets harder."

"Every year of course, it lights a new fire in you to go for more," said Chase. "The rest of the team has pushed me a ton, seeing those kids grow, and I'm like oh, I gotta be better!"

To be the best, Chase isn't just diving with Chiles. He trains in Moultrie multiple times a week, it's not just in the pool where he's on top. Chase is holding down a near 4.1 GPA in the classroom.

"The role models I have out in Moultrie are very faith based, and we have a culture of faith, character and sport," he said. "They help us with our academics. You might not get in the water if you don't finish your homework, maybe, that could be a thing."

"He's just one of those kids that can make it work," added Coach Lynch. "There are a lot of kids that are talented that don't do quite as well as him. He's got both. He works hard and he's talented."

A talent Chase has taken full advantage of.