When Amber Diehl completed the 100-yard breaststroke on Saturday, learning she had finished ninth, there was a brief moment of disappointment for the Franklin D. Roosevelt High School junior.
She had accomplished her goal of placing top-10 in the final of the state swimming and diving championships at Ithaca College. Diehl also had set a Section 9 record with her time in the preliminaries of that event.
But, Roosevelt coach Sean Ryan said, “She’s always looking for ways to improve and constantly pushing herself to get better.”
In addition to being 6-foot-1 and naturally talented, Diehl’s drive is what has enabled her success. She completed the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.76.
Clare Bosse, an Our Lady of Lourdes sophomore, took 11th in the 100 freestyle (52.73 seconds) and 17th in the 100 backstroke (58.02).
Heidi Simpfenderfer, a Roy C. Ketcham senior, placed 29th in the 200 freestyle (1:56.98).
“I have some goals in mind for next year and I know I can lower my times,” Diehl said. “If I push hard enough in the spring and summer, I’ll be able to get them.”
Diehl took eighth in the 100 breaststroke preliminary on Friday, finishing in 1:05.40 to set a Section 9 record. She surpassed the mark of 1:05.84, set by Washingtonville’s Morganne Klein in 2009.
“She took away a lot of positives from this weekend,” Ryan said of Diehl. “She dropped eight seconds from her time in the breaststroke from last year and she’ll continue to improve. Going into her senior year, she’ll only benefit from the experience gained here.”
Diehl had avoided sweets all season, but after returning home on Saturday, a friend treated her to a large bag of candy. She’ll relax and enjoy that. For now.
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