Tricia Arceri is keeping her eyes on the prize. The Huntington High School senior has always set winning the state diving championship as her goal and she’s been working hard for years to attain it.
Arceri took another step toward realizing her dream when she captured the Suffolk League I diving title this week with a score of 287.25, far ahead of runner-up Hayley Beutel of Smithtown, who tallied 256.15. The rest of the 12 diver strong field trailed far in the distance.
“I feel that the meet went great,” Arceri said. “It was my highest score this season. Although I had a setback with my ear a few weeks ago, I came back even stronger and I’m ready to take on the counties and do bigger things.”
The teenager practices with Blue Devil diving coach Meg McConnell at the Half Hollow Hills natatorium and with her club team at Hofstra University and the Eisenhower Park aquatic center. Arceri has already been to the state championships as a sophomore and junior, but she has never stood on the top step of the victory platform.
Winning a state championship is something the Huntington star thinks about every day. Her sister, Molly won three Suffolk diving titles and went on to a fine career at Towson University. Her brother, John is the only Huntington freshman to ever win a county wrestling championship. He won four Suffolk crowns in all and captured the state title as a junior. Arceri’s father, also named John won a state wrestling crown for Ward Melville and went on to wrestle at James Madison University.
The three Arceri siblings have won a combined total of 13 league titles, eight county crowns and two runner-up finishes in the Suffolk finals while competing for Huntington.
The Section XI diving championships are set for Friday, November 3 at 4 p.m. at Hauppauge High School. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association diving finals are slated for Friday, November 17 at Ithaca College.
Arceri committed to the University of Buffalo this week. She will be diving for the college’s NCAA Division I team.