A Cooperstown junior is really making a splash in the pool this season — especially from the diving board.
Aaron Idelson won the Section Three Class C diving championship on Saturday at Mexico. He scored a personal-best 331.80 points with his 11 dives and placed sixth among Class B and C divers. Including Class A divers, who competed at a different venue, Idelson finished 11th overall in the section. He said his highest scoring dive was his inward one and a half.
By finishing in the top 12, Idelson will advance to the Section Three State Qualifiers, which will be held Saturday at Hamilton College.
Idelson said he was proud to be named the first Section Three Class C champion. Class C was added this year.
“Overall it was an awesome experience and I’m really glad I have one more year to grow and compete,” he said.
According to Idelson, he became interested in diving when attending a camp at Hartwick College when he was going into seventh grade.
“At that time it was mostly just for fun. I really did not know how far I would go,” said Idelson, who said he started diving competitively as a ninth-grader.
The Saturday match was not just a personal best for Idelson, he also broke the Cooperstown school record for an 11-dive meet. Idelson held the record already, having just broken it at the Syracuse Diving Invitational at Nottingham High School. There, his score of 317.55 beat the record of 309.95 set by Gregg Lot in 2000. The teen has broken the district record twice for a six-dive meet.
“It feels like I am finally accomplishing something,” he said of his success this season. “All the hard work is paying off.”
Idelson missed the The Section Three diving championship on Feb. 9 because he was on a school trip to see the presidential inauguration. He said it was a sacrifice, but one he made because the trip was already paid for.