Nicolet senior diver Jeremy Moser is good friends with old club and prep rival Henry Carman of Monona Grove.
He also knows who Mark Gabos is, the 1984 state champion Knight diver who held the WIAA state record in the event for decades, as his father went to school with Gabos.
And after edging Carman for the WIAA State D2 title at the UW-Madison Natatorium on Feb. 19 as both recorded monster 11-dive scores, Moser can happily say he's still friends with Carman and is very pleased to have his status in Nicolet diving history be just a slight rung below that of Gabos.
The interesting thing about it is, going into his final dive, Moser didn't realize how close things were.
"When I started diving (in eighth grade), I would always check the others' scores, watch their dives," he said. "Now I just clap for good scores, and then I focus on what I'm doing ... a little earlier in the competition, someone told me that there was something like a one-point difference.
"But when I got to that final dive, I had no idea who was in the lead. I just told myself that I was winning ... the first time that I knew, a club friend ran up to me and told me that I had won by two points.
"I was blown away that it was that close."
Moser and Carman blew away the weekend's competition, dusting the D2 event by more than 100 points, as Moser turned in a 573.9 mark and Carman a 571.25 score. They also blew away state D1 champion Brandon Spencer of Kenosha Tremper, who recorded a still excellent 501.9 mark on Feb. 20.
Moser is the 18th state swim champion in Nicolet school history and the first since Olympic relay champion Garrett Weber-Gale destroyed the 100 free state record in 2003 (a mark that still stands). He is the sixth diving champion in school history.
Knight head coach Bill Shuster doesn't work with Moser directly but remained very impressed by his efforts.
"What I like about him (competitively), is that he is very straightforward," Shuster said. "Nothing ever gets to him. He always seems relaxed, always talking to people and then moving on to the next dive."
Not a bad trait to have for the self-described "Not the best gymnast in the world," who spent seven years competing in gymnastics at WGA (now Infinite) before switching over to diving.
He made a bit of a splash his freshman year in 2013 when he qualified for the state meet back when the Knights were still in D1 competition. He finished 24th and last in that field, and the fire was lit.
"I realized that if I wanted to be any good, I would have to start putting in the effort," he said.
He joined Schroeder and started working with the great diving coach Todd Hill, and things rapidly improved from there. He finished fourth in the D1 state meet in 2014 with a 368 point score and then finished third in D2 competition in 2015 as better technique and more liberalized scoring rules jumped his score to 506.4.
Area rival Joe Kaszubowski of Bay dominated the competition in claiming the last of his four state titles last season, but Moser was far from clear as Carman was returning, finishing in second in that 2015 competition, ahead of Moser with a 520.05 mark.
It was part of a friendly back-and-forth between Moser and Carman as the pair would go to the same club regional and national meets and take turns beating each other.
"I still had a fair amount of confidence going into this season," Moser said. "Throughout the (club and WIAA) season, Henry and I compete a lot, and it really is a back and forth. It's all about who's better that particular day. I remembered talking to him that day (Feb. 19), telling him that this would be so much easier if we weren't friends."
But friends they are, and friends they will remain, said Moser, noting that Carman is just a junior and has one more shot at a state title. Gabos will major in business and dive at the University of Minnesota.
And he will remain happily on that rung just below Gabos in Nicolet history.
"I think it's really cool that my name is now just under his," he said. "I've heard so much about him, and I know some coaches who saw him (dive)."
Gabos' effort led a sixth-place team effort by the Knights in the D2 field as they scored 158 points for their spot, while Monona Grove defended its title with 296.
The Knights added six more top-six, medal-winning efforts in earning their place as junior sprinter Riccardo Romersi led the way, taking second in the 50-yard freestyle with a very quick 21.24-second time as Baraboo's Noah Larson won in an amazing 20.78 clocking.
Romersi then came back to take fifth in the 100 free in a best time of 47.63. He also anchored the all-junior 200 medley relay of Dylan Hall, Collin Siverhus, Ben Cook and himself to a fourth-place, season-best effort of 1:38.16 and brought the same group home to a fifth-place showing of 1:29.94 in the 200 free relay.
"Riccardo had a really good meet," Shuster said. "He set some good realistic goals, and he achieved them."
Arguably Romersi's best swim was the 20.67 50 free split he anchored the 200 medley with.
Siverhus also brought home two individual medals, taking fifth in the 200 individual medley with a one-second-plus best time of 1:58.31 and then claiming fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a one-second best of 59.8.
"We were definitely pleased with Collin's 100 breaststroke," said Shuster. Romersi's 50 free is third on the all-time Nicolet list, while Siverhus's breaststroke is second on the all-time rolls.
Other state efforts included Hall, 10th in the 200 IM (2:03.91) and ninth in the 100 backstroke (56.88), and Cook, 13th in the 100 butterfly (54.37).
The state finish concluded a strong campaign, Shuster said.
"We were really happy with what we were able to get done with four swimmers and one diver," he said. "It was like 'Wow.' It was just a great season overall."