Swimming: Scarsdale’s Evan Moretti upends mentor

Swimming: Scarsdale’s Evan Moretti upends mentor


Swimming: Scarsdale’s Evan Moretti upends mentor


Scarsdale senior Evan Moretti saw his diving career come full circle this year.

Two days before February’s Section 1 championships, he won the SUNY Purchase dive meet and set a new Section 1 standard (637.8). The record originally was set by former Scarsdale diver Donnie Callera in 2004. It took him just two more days to break the record again, this time scoring 645.8 points.

What’s the connection, other than the record? If it wasn’t for Callera, Moretti wouldn’t have been a diver.

“Donnie was my first diving coach,” Moretti said. “He brought me into the sport. He introduced me to the Fordham coaches who I dive with currently. I don’t know how we’d stand if we dove against each other now but it’s great to see how far I’ve come and it’s because of him. He’s to blame for me breaking his record.”

If the pair hadn’t met, Moretti wouldn’t have joined the Raiders. He wouldn’t have won at every meet he was in during the regular season.

He retained the Section 1 title, finished second at the state and Federation championships in February and is the Journal News Westchester/Putnam boys swimming/diving athlete of the season.

Moretti helped the Raiders go undefeated over his four varsity seasons and win their first and winning the Conference 2 League 1 championship and a first ever Section 1 title.

“I didn’t foresee myself doing this,” Moretti said of breaking the sectional record. “When I started diving, I wanted to see where it would take me. It feels great to put my name up there for Scarsdale. This wasn’t a goal. I didn’t expect this at all.”

At the age of 10, a year after he began diving, Moretti went to a diving clinic with Callera and was invited to join the Scarsdale Municipal Pool team.

“I picked it up pretty quickly and had just enough dives to compete,” Moretti said. “I thought it would be pretty cool to do the thing I was getting pretty good at for points. The whole idea of it was cool to me. I continued for the fun of it, I enjoy diving and I don’t think it would change.”

Moretti, who will attend Duke University next year, is pleased with how the season turned out, despite being ill at the state meet.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better ending,” Moretti said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team. We all had fun and that’s what’s important. We finished undefeated and it was something we wanted since freshman year. We ended it with the Section 1, title which we’ve never won before. Everybody did their best. Everybody pushed their limits and it was theme for the season.

“I knew coming into this year I wanted to go out with a bang. During the duel meets, I was trying my best to stay consistent. It was the best I could’ve asked for.”

The rest of The Journal News/Lohud Westchester/Putnam first-team all-stars:

Scarsdale, 200-yard medley relay: The quartet included freshman Ryan Lee, sophomore Tanner McFarland and seniors Charles McFarland and Tom Cooke

David Stewart, Sr., New Rochelle/Bronxville, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly

Robert Purvis, Sr., Fox Lane, 200 individual medley

Tyler Hill, So., Horace Greeley, 50 and 100 freestyle

Brian Valedon, Jr., John Jay/Brewster, 500 freestyle

Horace Greeley, 200 freestyle relay: The quartet included sophomores John Koster and Tyler Hill as well as juniors Graham Blair and River Elms

Brian Glat, Fr., Briarcliff/Byram Hills/Pleasantville/Valhalla/Westlake, 100 backstroke

Charles McFarland, Sr., Scarsdale, 100 breaststroke

Horace Greeley, 400 freestyle relay: The quartet included sophomores John Koster and Tyler Hill as well as juniors Graham Blair and River Elms.

Coach of the year: Tim Callahan, Scarsdale

Second team

200-yard medley relay: Fox Lane

200 freestyle: River Elms, Jr., Horace Greeley

200 individual medley: Brian Valedon, Jr., John Jay/Brewster

50 freestyle: Charles McFarland, Sr., Scarsdale

Diving: Alec DeCaprio, Fr., Ossining

100 butterfly: Roberty Purvis, Sr., Fox Lane

100 freestyle: John Freeman, So., New Rochelle/Bronxville

500 freestyle: Josh Hendell, Jr., Scarsdale

200 freestyle relay: New Rochelle/Bronxville

100 backstroke: Mark McLauglin, So., Yorktown

100 breaststroke: Charles Kleinsmith, Sr., Fox Lane

400 freestyle relay: Scarsdale

Honorable mention: Andrew Babayk, Fr., New Rochelle/Bronxville; Zach Boies, Fr., John Jay/Brewster; Reginald Bradnock, Sr., Ardsley/Hastings/Edgemont/Dobbs Ferry; David Bravo, Jr., Scarsdale; Aidan Flannery, So., New Rochelle/Bronxville; Liam Hackett, Sr., John Jay/Brewster; Andrew Holzman, So., Ardsley/Hastings/Edgemont/Dobbs Ferry; Garrett Kaufmann, So., Fox Lane; Michael Lawson, Fr., New Rochelle/Bronxville; Haofeng Liu, Fr., Scarsdale; Patrick MacAulay, Sr., Rye/Blind Brook; Graham Notovitch, Jr., Scarsdale; Joseph Ruggiero, Sr., Fox Lane; Kaz Sampson, Jr., John Jay/Brewster; Kymani Senior, Jr., Woodlands; Andrew Snyder, Sr., Ossining; Anthony Wachnik, Sr., Fox Lane

Fan-selected all-star team (Westchester, Putnam, Rockland)

David Stewart, New Rochelle/Bronxville (leading vote-getter)

Ryan Wagner, Clarkstown

Alec DeCaprio, Ossining

Tyler Hill, Horace Greeley

Matthew Zugibe, North Rockland

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