MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Jaycie Klein finished her prep diving career as well as she could have.

That's all the Muscatine senior diver could ask for.

Klein, a four-time state qualifier, finished fourth in her final trip to the state diving meet Friday night at the Marshalltown Community Y. She scored 480.90, amassing her best-ever score at the state meet and a career-best finish.

“I think I did pretty well," Klein said. "I didn’t have any bad dives.”

There was some disappointment for Klein, who was hoping to finish a tad higher in the 30-diver event. Ultimately, though, three other divers scored a little better. 

Pleasant Valley's Claire Park won the diving title with a score of 517.95, while Ames' Jayna Misra was second after amassing a score of 500.70 and West Des Moines Dowling Catholic's Margaret Engel finished third after scoring 491.85.

Just 24 points separated Misra from seventh-place finisher Katherine Mueller of Fairfield (466.25).

“They’re really good and tough competition," Klein said of the field. "The top 10 was all super close. It was just whoever was going to be on [that won].”

For her part, Klein felt she performed well.

“I was pretty proud with my diving," she said. "I did good dives.”

Her finish put an impressive cap on her Muskie diving career. She's not only advanced to the state diving meet all four seasons, but she improved on each trip to Marshalltown.

As a freshman, Klein finished 18th with a score of 250.70 and was 11th with a score of 406.75 as a sophomore. Last November as a junior, Klein was sixth with a score of 467.20 before improving by another 13 points on Friday night.

“It means a lot to know how much I’ve improved throughout the years," Klein said.

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