Roncone, a senior, was undefeated in the regular season. She was eliminated from the Class 6A competition in Thursday's semifinals. She says she is an extremely competitive athlete. She will be attending Butler on a cheerleading scholarship.
Do you go into your meets knowing that you're going to win?
"I don't know I'm going to win, going into each meet. In the city we compete in, it's pretty easy. But when I actually start going out of town and diving against other schools, and I start thinking more about it. I have to say 'Yeah, I have to be on my game today.' I have to concentrate on what I'm doing."
What's your athletic background?
"I've been in gymnastics for 10 years, and I've been cheering at Wichita South for four years."
Why do you do so well in your events?
Sports are my thing. Whenever I go out for a sport, I'm usually good at it. I'm not trying to be cocky or anything, but when I do a sport I put my heart into it. I put everything into my sport and I make myself good. I always practice at it. That's how you get good at a sport. You put your all into it.
Aren't cheerleading and gymnastics hard on your body?
I had back problems from gymnastics and cheerleading, but after going to the physical therapist for a while, I'm starting to get back on track. There are different stretches you can do to work on your back. It is really hard on your body actually. Diving is also pretty hard on your body. You wouldn't think of it, but diving is pretty hard on your body.
Does having that gymnastics and tumbling background give you an edge over other divers?
"It's definitely helped me, because you do a lot of flips on the board and a lot of technical skills on the board and you have to know how to do it. When you can do it on the floor it's a lot easier to do it on the diving board and know what you're doing. I've never dove on a board before these last three years in my life. Having that gymnastics and cheerleading background definitely helped me."