In August 2019, Sarah Kerbrat stepped onto a diving board. 

It had once been normal for her — it had been her stage, her place to shine — but as she prepared for her return, the incoming junior knew it was not the same as she had left it. 

“It was a little hard getting off the board because I was off it for so long and I wasn’t used to the way it moved,” Kerbrat said. 

Kerbrat returned after 22 months away from the diving board, recovering from a 10-millimeter atrial septal defect diagnosis — what she called “a hole in my heart” — after suffering migraines that kept her sidelined at the end of her freshman season with the Wildcats. 

But while Kerbrat knew she was not jumping as high as she was used to, not getting off the board like she was used to, relief washed over her when she hit the water again. 

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