Ardsley sophomore Nimrat Kohli found a love of diving over five years of being in the sport, two as a member of the Panthers’ team.
“When I was younger, I was much more of a daredevil,” Kohli said. “I love water sports because I was never able to do sports on land. Diving was perfect.”
Kohli took first place on Sept. 20 in the dual meet between Ardsley and Mamaroneck at Hommocks Middle School, a performance highlighted by a forward double somersault from the tuck position. The dive had a 2.2 degree of difficulty.
She knows that in the divisionals and eventually the Section 1 championships, her ability to execute that kind of dive will help her scores.
“It’s one of my better dives, so I felt comfortable putting it in there,” Kohli said. “The higher the DD, the better. It just builds your confidence being able to do harder dives.”
Kohli, who finished fifth last year in the Division II championships, wants to use every opportunity to dive in a dual meet as preparation for the postseason.
“I know that I can improve,” Kohli said. “I know that my score can go higher, and it all helps. I know I can qualify (for sectionals) and I know that all my hard work will pay off if I do.”
Dutchies overcome loss: Even with junior Brittany Bailey relegated to a relay swimmer only because of an illness, Tappan Zee has gotten off to a 4-0 start.
The Dutchies’ most recent victory was Saturday’s 87-81 win over rival Pearl River at South Orangetown Middle School.
Sophomore Ali McNamara was a triple winner in the meet, winning the 200-yard individual medley, the 100 freestyle and as a member of the 200 freestyle relay. Teammates Taylor Lawson, Amy Zhang and Julia Cicalo won their individual events — the 100 breaststroke, 200 free and 500 free, respectively.
One notable record has fallen for Tappan Zee. Lawson, in the second meet of the season, lowered her school record in the 100 breaststroke (set last year) to 1 minute, 7.56 seconds.
The undefeated start has a lot to do with the Dutchies’ depth.
“We are able to juggle our lineups around and give all of our top girls a chance to swim in many of their ‘off’ events,” coach Ray Gaffney said. “We hope to have (Brittany Bailey) full strength in a few weeks, which will be a much added bonus.”
On the blocks: In Saturday’s meet with Tappan Zee, Pearl River freshman Kaitlyn Lange was a triple winnerin the 50 free, 100 butterfly and as a member of the 200 medley relay. … On Friday, Fox Lane senior Claudia DiCapua helped her team defeat host Ossining, 86-76, by winning the 100 free and swimming on the first-place 200 medley relay.