Tricia Arceri isn’t quite done yet. The soon to be Huntington High School senior hopes to cap off her Blue Devil career by winning the New York State diving championship. Considering her drive and determination, the teenager has very good odds of pulling it off.
The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association recently named Arceri an All-American. The Huntington diving star finished fifth in a field of 43 at fall’s state championships in Ithaca.
Huntington's star diver Tricia Arceri.
“I feel very honored to be selected for this award,” Arceri said. “This has topped off a great season. The feeling of achieving my goals is amazing, but I still have one more target I’m aiming for; to be a state champion.”
Arceri won the Section XI title last fall with a record score. She placed 14th in the state finals as a sophomore. Her sister, Molly was a three-time Suffolk diving champion and state runner-up. She went on to enjoy a wonderful diving career at Towson University. Arceri’s brother, John is Huntington’s only four time Suffolk wrestling champion. He won the state title as a junior.
The top 100 high school divers in the country receive All-American honors. Considering the award is spread across all 50 states, it puts Arceri on the map with the best in the United States.
Coached on the Blue Devil squad by Christopher Helmke and Meg McConnell, Arceri is already training to return to Ithaca for one final shot at a state title next November 17-18.
“Tricia is not only an amazing county champion diver, she’s an amazing person as well,” Helmke said. “With her laser sharp focus and a smile she devours her competition, yet her kindness along with her sportsmanship earns her the respect by her peers that she absolutely deserves. Look for more great competition from Tricia this coming season as she enters her senior year. I don’t think I need to say how much we will miss her after this year, but our focus now is on this season and Tricia’s successes.”
Huntington’s swimming and diving team kicks-off its fall season in late August. It typically works out at the Huntington Yacht Club in the run-up to the formal opening of the new school year in September.