Friday Night Sports Hero: Jonathan Brouillette
The North Platte Senior is set to become a Division 1 diver at Denver University next year.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - This week’s Friday Night Sports Hero is North Platte Swim and Dive’s Jonathan Brouillette. Jonathan has committed to Denver University, where he will be a Division 1 collegiate athlete. But his work in high school isn’t finished yet, Jon is the front-runner for the State Diving Tournament, set to take place this week.
“It feels nice because I know people in Omaha and Lincoln have access to clubs and we don’t have that here...So it’s nice to be able to shed a little more attention on the North Platte Swim and Dive Team because we have a lot of people that are doing really well this season,” said Brouillette.
One of those teammates Jon alluded to is Jack Oettinger. Oettinger is set to head to the State Tournament with Brouillette, and Jack credits much of his success to what Jonathan has taught him.
“He’s really helped me a lot ever since I joined the team. He is an awesome guy and an excellent student...He’s obviously one of the best divers in the State, if not the best, so its awesome getting to watch that and critique myself off it,” said Oettinger of his good friend.
North Platte Swim and Dive Coach Brian Jahnke has a simple explanation for Jon’s success.
“I attribute that to his work ethic, he’s the first one here everyday and the last one to leave...I mean he’s ready to go when practice starts. He goes through his list on a daily basis, so there’s not a dive he doesn’t do everyday. That’s why he’s so refined, that’s why he does so well,” said Jahnke of his star diver.
For Jon, it doesn’t feel like work when he’s doing what he loves.
“It’s what I do for fun and now it’s something that I’m good at. And it’s something I can do in college now, I’m excited to go on [to the next level,]” said Brouillette.
In a few days, Jon could become a State Champion. But even if he doesn’t bring home the title, there’s no doubt he has a bright future, and he has left his mark on the Bulldog’s program.
“He’s just an amazing kid, we’re going to miss him. I can’t wait to see what he does at the next level because hes gonna excel, it’s gonna be amazing,” concluded Jahnke.
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