Amber Diehl maximized her training time during the offseason.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School junior joined the Northern Dutchess Aquatic Club, trying to hone her craft and become a better swimmer. Now, when she gets behind the line to start a race, she has the so-called “eye of the tiger.”
“If you see her at a meet, you know she’s fast,” Roosevelt girls swimming coach Sean Ryan said.
Entering Friday, Diehl’s time of 1:08.87 is the fastest in the 100 breaststroke across all of Section 9. Likewise, in Section 1, Arlington’s 200-yard medley relay team and its 400 freestyle relay team have the top times in their events.
Diehl’s hard work and energy is contagious, as it has helped spark the rest of the team.
“When you have someone with that drive and determination, it brings up the level of competition and camaraderie for the entire team,” Ryan said. “It’s always been like that.”
While the waters have treated Diehl well, it’s been equally as nice for Arlington’s 200 medley relay team. With its time of 1:53.54 on Sept. 10, the Admirals quartet of Patton Dyal, Brenna Hayes, Emily Tang and Katelyn Walsh own the fastest time among 200 medley relay teams in Section 1.
However, one of those swimmers has since moved on.
Arlington coach Ron Terwilliger said Walsh “stepped off the team about three weeks ago to pursue her own personal challenges.”
“We’re faring without her,” Terwilliger added. “But she is missed.”
Rebecca Baione has supplanted Walsh in the 200 medley relay team’s lineup, and Terwilliger said he is trying out different swimmers in the relay groups. The 400 freestyle team recorded a time of 3:43.46 on Sept. 28 — which is the best time for the season, so far, among Section 1 teams in the event.
The Conference 1 League A swimming championships are going to be held on Oct. 22 at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack. As a team, Arlington is 5-1 and in a three-way tie with Clarkstown and North Rockland for first place in the standings. Heading down the stretch, Terwilliger said, “it’s going to be an interesting race.”
Clare Bosse from Our Lady of Lourdes entered Friday with the third-fastest time in Section 1 in the 100 freestyle (53.85), and the fifth-fastest time in both the 50 freestyle (25.03) and the 100 backstroke (2:10.93). Lourdes defeated Ardsley 86-84 on Friday to improve to 5-2 in Conference 2 League B this year. The Warriors began Friday in a tie for third place with John Jay-Cross River.
Bosse’s dominance has drawn the admiration of her coach.
“She’s incredible. One of the best girls swimmers this area has ever seen,” Lourdes coach Bill MacElveen said of Bosse. “She’s been winning all of her races and she trains hard.”
Abigail Santos from New Paltz has the second-fastest time across Section 9 in 50 freestyle (25.50) and third-fastest in the 100 butterfly (1:01.81). The OCIAA swimming championships will be held on Oct. 22 at Valley Central High School.
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