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Bellmore’s exuberant Youssef Ibrahim wins Nassau diving title

Bellmore-Merrick's Youssef Ibrahim dives at the Nassau diving

Bellmore-Merrick's Youssef Ibrahim dives at the Nassau diving championship at Nassau Aquatic Center on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Credit: James Escher

The smile on Youssef Ibrahim’s face said it all.

The eighth grader from Grand Island Middle School in Bellmore became Nassau’s newest diving champion.

“I mean, it’s great. It’s like no other feeling,” an exuberant Ibrahim said with a smile from ear-to-ear. “It’s a county championship.”

Ibrahim saved his best dive for last, posting a meet-high 59.4 score on a backward standing dive consisting of a somersault and 2.5 twists at Wednesday’s Nassau diving championship at the Nassau Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park. The dive had a 2.7 difficulty degree, also the highest for the meet.

Ibrahim, who finished with a 491.05 score, could barely put into words how he felt after completing the final dive, but mustered up “it’s just amazing.”

Plainview’s Jake Trembly placed second with a 408.50 and posted the best score in the B Division. Garden City’s Cameron Yuen finished third at 392.90.

Syosset senior Andrew Feldman placed fourth in his final meet and also saved his best for his final performance.

“I did my best meet I’ve ever had,” Feldman said. “I would have liked to be in third, but I’m honored to be in fourth place. This is the best in my life I’ve ever done.” He added that he’s “proud for what I’ve done for my team” in Syosset’s 9-0 perfect season as the team hopes to capture an overall county championship Saturday at the Nassau Aquatic Center.

Long Beach’s Troy Morris placed fifth and his 366.85 score was the best in Division C. Like Ibrahim, Morris, a sophomore, posted his best score (51.7), on his 11th dive.

But Morris considers himself more of a swimmer than a diver. He will compete in the 400 medley relay and 200 free relay at the state meet. He dives to help the overall team score.

“I like to try to put in a nice amount of points for the team,” Morris said. “Get a good place in the county for Long Beach.”

Ibrahim led from the third dive to the conclusion and is Nassau’s lone diver competing in the state meet.

How does he feel about that? Again, his smile did the talking.

“I’m just excited.”

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