Tricia Arceri is driven. The Huntington High School junior has made two trips to the state championships and she hopes the third one will include a spot on the medal platform.
The youngest of three siblings, Arceri’s sister, Molly won three county diving titles for the Blue Devils and was the state runner-up before going on to a successful college career at Towson University. Her brother, John is Huntington’s only four time Suffolk wrestling champion. He won the state title as a junior.
The current season hasn’t been without its challenges for the good natured Arceri, who had to overcome a hand injury and several other obstacles. She recently won the 11-dive Sachem Invitational with a sensational score of 506.80. The performance qualified her for the state championships in Ithaca on November 18.
“Tricia has hit the board running this season, getting right into the groove of doing all her dives at our dual meets, where she remains undefeated in the one-meter diving event,” said Meg McConnell who coaches Huntington divers and assists Christopher Helmke with the Blue Devil girls’ swim team.
Huntington's Tricia Arceri is training
for the county and state championships
“The season is going well,” Arceri said. “I’ve been working hard every day. My goals are to perform well at counties and try to beat my own record and make the podium at states.”
Arceri’s current high score in the six-dive format is 299.77, about 20 points shy of her all-time high notched last year. The Sachem Invitational and the Section XI championship are the only two competitions for county divers to qualify for the state meet. McConnell said the recent invitational was a “great opportunity for divers to exhibit their full skill set.”
Swimmers can qualify in an event during any meet throughout the season so there is more pressure on the divers during the Sachem Invitational and county championship competitions.
“Having participated at the state level the past few years and placing 14th overall last November, Tricia headed to the Sachem Invitational with not just a solid list of dives, but a sense of calm and confidence knowing what was at stake and just how to handle the pressure,” McConnell said. “Among her list of 11 dives there was only one new dive, her reverse twister, which she finds to be quite fun and only one dive that adds stress; her reverse 1½.
After starting with two of the simpler, required dives that have lower difficulty ratings, Arceri got into her groove and started to rack up the points to be ranked second after the first five rounds at the Sachem Invitational. After the break, the Blue Devil star received near perfect scores on her signature inward dive, but with its lower difficulty rating she remained in second place. She followed it with her least favorite, the reverse 1½ and then a favorite front twister and she was in the lead.
“After that there was no looking back,” McConnell said. “In the last group of dives, Tricia performed a near perfect reverse dive, the fun new reverse twister and capped it all off with a fantastic inward 1½ that garnered her a whopping 62.4 points to seal up the win and qualify for states.”
Huntington closes out its regular season dual meet schedule this week. The league championships are set for next week and the county diving finals are November 4 at Hauppauge with the swimming event finals the following day at Suffolk-West in Brentwood.
“Along the way Tricia has her own top scores to try and beat as well as shooting for the county records for both the six dive and 11 dive format before hopefully heading to the top of the awards platform in Ithaca,” McConnell said.