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Swimming: West Islip’s Carter qualifies for states

West Islip diver Patrick Carter won the Suffolk Diving Invitational on Dec. 15 and, in doing so, earned himself a berth to the state championships.

The eighth-grader scored a 437 in the event, besting Sachem East superstar Anthony Stefanelli, who had finished eighth in the state tournament last season.

“He's a ‘one more’ diver,” West Islip swimming coach Bob Kollar said of Carter. “Whenever he comes up, he wants to know what he did wrong and what he can do to get better. The last dive is never good enough for him, he’s always got to do one more.”

That drive and attention to detail extends to the classroom, according Kollar. Carter, the coach said, is a “90-plus student and an all-around good kid.”

Carter has been a member of the varsity team since last year and flashed his potential then, taking third in the Suffolk championships. He could now be on the verge of a breakout season.

“This was a really big meet for him,” Kollar said. “He’s very pleased with himself and his performance was believable. He's at a good level right now, but he pushes himself and we keep trying to push him so he gets better. We have great expectations for him.”

Those expectations include Carter being a serious contender for a state championship.

But how well can a youngster, still in middle school, fare on such a grand platform with all the pressure?

“I think he'll handle it pretty well,” Kollar said. “He's a really confident kid when he's on the board. Being in states will be a great experience for him, and he’s still got four more years after this.”

Tags: Patrick Carter , West Islip , swimming , diving , states

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