Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's been quite a ride for Binghamton high school senior diver Alyssa Menz.
She's a champion and holds all sorts of records.
But that almost ended last year at the state qualifying meet.
In this week's Action Sports spotlight, Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout speaks to Menz about an injury that threatened her career.
Alyssa Menz says she feels at home while on the diving board.
The Binghamton High senior holds 9 Section IV records and was a runner up for a state title last year.
She may have won if not for a serious injury.
"At state qualifiers, in the middle of the meet, I got out of the water and my back just froze up and I couldn't move and the EMT had to work on me for about 10 minutes."
After the meet, she stopped diving for a few months, but the pain didn't go away.
She went to the doctor, and got some scary news.
There were two fractured vertabrate in her back.
Menz felt like her world had ended.
"I knew I needed to work hard and do all the physical therapy and wear the back brace which was really embarrassing, I had to wear it for about 4 months, and I had two months of physical therapy and a bone stimulator that I had to wear at night but we got through it," Menz says.
This summer, Menz was back on the board.
With a record setting performance to win a national title in synchronized diving.
Now, she's back diving for the Patriots and for a state title.
And while she still thinks about her back, there's more important things on her mind.
"Win a national championship in college and maybe make it to the Olympics so even though I might be scared, I have to push through that and get to my goals," she says.
In Binghamton, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.