Despite competing in a meet that doesn’t actually count for anything, the Scarsdale girls swim and dive team sure set the tone for the season.
Riley Haffner did it. His way.
Scarsdale may have fielded a small team at the Section 1 finals, but the Raiders had solid depth over mass quantity, which allowed them to make a big splash by finishing fifth.
Tobey Saracino helped coach a four-school combined team to the Section 1 girls swim and dive championship this past fall. Imagine what she and her co-coaches can do with five schools this winter for the boys.
The New York State swim and dive championships marked the end of an era for Scarsdale, which has had one of the most formidable diving teams for the last two years.
It may have taken more than 25 year after graduating from Scarsdale High School, but Inga DeNunzio finally settled on what she wanted to be when she grew up. “A coach,” she said. “I’m a coach now. A proud coach.”
While no one in Section 1 had an answer for the combined Sleepy Hollow/Hastings/Edgemont/Irvington girls swim and dive team in the postseason, Scarsdale was still able to put together a second straight historic season of its own.
Tim Callahan credits record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps for driving boys around the country to work hard in the sport of swimming and laying the groundwork for the Scarsdale High School swim and dive team’s recent success.
In recent years, the Section 1 championships were a formality for the Scarsdale swim and dive team. It was a chance to improve seed times for states. This year was different.
Just a hair under 36 percent of the Scarsdale boys swim and dive team are brothers. Among the 39 team members, there are seven sets of brothers. In addition, there is a father-son coach-swimmer duo in the mix.