Results are important, but when you get to the New York State championships, it’s the experience that matters more, especially for the young swimmers.
Heading into the New York State swimming championships this weekend, Edgemont and Scarsdale swimmers are pumped up based on the stellar seasons they had individually and as teams.
In postseason swim meets, 40 points are awarded to the winner of each relay, 34 to the runner-up. Had the Ardsley/Hastings/Edgemont/Dobbs Ferry/Irvington boys won any of the three relays, they would have beaten Horace Greeley for the second time this season.
Swim and dive coaches love newcomers, whether they will be molded into the future of the team or come in and make an immediate impact. The Ardsley/Hastings/Edgemont/Dobbs Ferry/Irvington and Scarsdale boys have seen that come to fruition over the years, especially this season.
John Eforo was a senior when this year’s Scarsdale swim and dive team seniors were freshmen. Once a teammate, he’s now their coach.
Some bus rides are quieter than others. Coming home from Rockland County on Dec. 19 following a 93-92 loss to Clarkstown was one of the quietest for the Scarsdale swim and dive team.
Three meets in the first week of the season will test any swim and dive team. With a blowout loss to open, a narrow win in the middle and a comfortable win in the finale, the Scarsdale boys are getting a sense of where they stand within Conference 1 early in the season.
The New York State finals couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start for the Sleepy Hollow/Hastings/Edgemont/Irvington girls swim team with a disqualification in the very first event, the 200 medley relay. The rest of the meet, however, couldn’t have gone much better.
Joy Jiang achieved something that hadn’t been done at Scarsdale since 2000. The junior won two individual Section 1 swimming titles, the first Raider since Bridget O’Connor to do so.
Maddie Seltzer doesn’t have much of a poker face when it comes to diving. When she exits the water you can tell how she felt about the way she entered it.
Edgemont swimmers making states is no longer a novelty. It hasn’t been for years. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy or happens over night.
It took two years to replace Sydney Vleck, but Megan Lee, Anya Pabby and Joy Jiang now have a fourth leg for their elite relays. Fellow junior Danielle Eforo joined the fold and for the second time in three years, the Scarsdale girls swim and dive team is sending all three relays to states.
Maddie Seltzer made history Wednesday night. Twice.
Based on last season’s success, the Scarsdale girls swim and dive team is in the top division this fall and the two-time Section 1 runner-up team is being pushed like never before by the other elite teams with a 2-2 record, losing only to teams that have multiple schools.
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.