Tricia Arceri is a senior and she’s clearly aiming for a state championship in her last season with the Huntington High School swimming and diving team.
Arceri has made two previous trips to the state finals, with last year’s appearance solidifying her as one of New York’s best divers. Now the teenager will look to climb to the top step on the victory platform. Considering all the time and effort she has devoted to training and competition through the years it’s exciting that her goal is within reach.
Huntington’s swimming and diving team is spending the first three weeks of the season practicing outdoors at the Bay Club. The Blue Devils will then move indoors to their traditional training site at the YMCA.
Huntington's Tricia Arceri is aiming
for the state championship. (Darin Reed photo)
Head coach Christopher Helmke and assistant coach Meg McConnell are busy working with the team to make sure all events are covered. The Blue Devils lost 10 athletes off last year’s roster, with eight of them graduating in June.
Arceri along with seniors Sigrid Cassell, Francine Nastasi and Gaia D’Anna are expected to pace Huntington. “They are ready to post wins and achieve personal best times and diving points and advance to the leagues and beyond,” Helmke said. “We have a solid core of swimmers as well as a few new additions, which will allow Huntington to remain a competitive force in Suffolk League I this year.”
“Our current team is lean, mean and ready to compete,” Helmke said. Walt Whitman High School has combined with Huntington for the season. Rufus Shepard is South Huntington’s liaison to the Blue Devil program. He’s been at the Bay Club for the early season workouts.
If Arceri can pull off winning a state diving title she’ll be the first Blue Devil athlete to ever win the event. Her steadfast determination and nerves of steel coupled with an abundance of talent have put the senior in the mix for top honors.
After winning the Suffolk diving championship with a record score last fall, Arceri went on to finish fifth in a field of 43 at the state finals. She was named an All-American.
“Everything is going well with team,” Arceri said. “We are working hard as always. I’ve been practicing really well and can’t wait for my last year at Huntington. I am really looking forward to our first meet at Lindenhurst.”