Like any good athlete, Tricia Arceri always has a list of goals she is striving to attain. One of them has been to reach the medal platform at the New York State diving championships. The Huntington High School junior can now put a check next to that one after finishing fifth in a field of 43 last Friday at Ithaca College.
Arceri won the Section XI title with a record score two weeks ago. After a few minutes of celebrating with her coaches, teammates and coaches, the teenager quickly turned her attention to the state championships, where she placed 14th as a sophomore.
Squaring off against the “best of the best” high school divers in New York, Arceri’s well known nerves of steel were put to the test. To reach the medal platform requires divers to come as close to perfection as they can on each dive through three grueling rounds. It’s definitely not something for the faint of heart.
Tricia Arceri in action
in the state finals.
Arceri sat in eighth place after the first round of the state championships last Friday afternoon and was sixth following the semifinals. The teenager managed to move up to fifth place following a sensational set of final round dives early in the evening.
“I had a great meet,” Arceri said. “I set a goal to be on the podium and achieved it taking fifth place. My new goal for next year is to be on the top of that podium.”
The junior has worked closely with Huntington diving coach Meg McConnell and the team’s head coach Christopher Helmke. Arceri pursues her goals with remarkable dedication, long ago losing track of the sacrifices she has made along the way.