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Canyon's Connor and Logan Ferris: Striving siblings

Canyon’s Ferris brothers have more than a friendly rivalry

Posted: April 1, 2013 9:02 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2013 9:02 p.m.

Canyon sophomore diver Logan Ferris, left, and senior diver Connor Ferris will have a chance to compete for the Foothill League dive title this season.

 

Diving isn’t exactly a team sport.

Sure, there are athletes who wear the same school colors and even earn points for the same team. But in the end, it’s every boy and girl for themselves when they climb to the top of the diving board.

That’s why the dynamic between Connor and Logan Ferris is so interesting.

The brothers, Connor is a senior and Logan a sophomore, are participating in the same sport and representing the same school — Canyon. But while they want to see their fellow sibling succeed, they are also fierce competitors.

“It’s been fun but challenging,” Connor says. “(Logan’s) pretty good too. I just want to beat him, but I also want him to do well, too. It’s a weird situation. It’s good, though. It’s a very competitive thing. It makes you want to not lose no matter what.”

Foothill League dive is treated as a separate sport from Foothill League swim for regular season purposes. Come CIF-Southern Section prelims and finals, the divers’ points will count toward their swim teams final score, but it’s the individual competition the divers really care about.

And in that category, both Connor, 18, and Logan, 16, are among the best the Southern Section has to offer.

At last season’s CIF-SS Division I finals, the two found themselves separated by just one spot — Connor finished eighth to Logan’s ninth.

It was a moment that made them both proud, but also, it made Connor a bit nervous.

“It was a really cool day. We’re both really proud of each other, especially for him,” Connor says. “Logan did a really good that meet. That’s the day I said, ‘Wow, he has a lot of potential.’ Before, he just was like there and never really a big thing for me because my friend Drake (Nelson) and me were the top (in league). And Logan, out of nowhere, came and started winning. He can do it.”

Connor ended up taking care of business, just besting his then-freshman brother at CIF, 331.50-324.85.

But if Connor wasn’t afraid of his brother last season, maybe he should be this year.

Logan has raised his own expectations after finding so much success in his first year of competitive diving.

“Very motivated,” Logan says. “Ever since I was little I’ve always wanted to be as good or better than my brother. Ever single time we compete against each other, my main goal is to beat him.”

That’s happened twice over the past two seasons, Logan says, and by his estimation his brother was none too happy about the results.

But it’s Foothill League and CIF finals that really matter to the brothers — and a win over his older brother there would mean so much more.

“It would be a big deal beating him at such a big meet,” Logan says. “It would be a great win for me.”

And a Foothill League title is well within sights for the duo.

With Nelson, who has won the league title the last two years for Golden Valley, choosing not to dive for the Grizzlies this year, the Ferris brothers might be the two best in the valley.

It’s surprising given that both brothers are relatively new to the sport. They have experience in taekwondo and trampoline, but save for recreational experience, freshman year was the first competitive diving experience either of them had.

They’ve benefitted from the help of their mom, Kerry Frick, who is also the Foothill League dive coach.

And their competitive fire isn’t lost on her.

“It’s been both good and difficult at the same time,” she says. “The younger one looks up to the older one and the younger one’s getting better so you can see the older one going, ‘Oh no.’ He doesn’t want to have the younger one be able to beat him, so it pushes him. I think it pushes the younger one a little harder, too.”

And as both continue to find success, they know they’ll always be side by side — even if they’re always determined to pass each other by.

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