“I still have next year for it, so that is good,” he said.
The Cooperstown boys varsity swim coach Cheryl Rock said she feels Idelson’s overall ranking on Saturday was truly impressive. However, she said she is doubtful he will be able to reach the score needed (420) to continue on to states.
Rock said Idelson is the only 11-dive competitor for Cooperstown this season.
“The big thing this year is he really upped his DDs (degree of difficulties) so that they could score higher,” Rock said. “Now instead of only being able to do one somersault, he is able to do like two and a half. That is the big difference from what he can do this year compared to last year.”
Every year, Idelson gets better.
“He works hard during the off season and during the season,” she said.
Rock said Idelson has taken it upon himself to become a competitive diver. She said the teen attends one or two camps each summer and takes lessons from a Hartwick College diving instructor.
“He has really been gaining self-confidence and his dives continue to get better and better,” Rock said.
Idelson, who also runs track for Cooperstown, said his goal is to improve even more next year. He said although he loves to swim, he finds diving more exciting.
“The hardest thing for me is splitting my time up between swimming and diving and knowing what to focus on,” Idelson said. “This year, I focused more on diving. It is more fun than swimming countless laps. You get to mix it up more.”
According to Rock, Idelson is an athlete she can count on for just about any swimming event. She said he will compete in the individual medley and one of the relays with his Cooperstown teammates in the Section Three Class C Championship swimming Meet today in New Hartford.