Camille Roberts already booked her ticket to the state diving championships Nov. 17-18, but the Cold Spring Harbor sophomore sought one more accolade on Wednesday night: Coming home with her second consecutive first-place finish at the Nassau County finals at the Nassau Aquatic Center.
“My original goal was just to qualify for states but I’m just happy that I was able to achieve this, too,” Roberts said.
Roberts went toe-to-toe with her fellow state qualifier, Jericho’s Renee Lee, and came away victorious, outscoring Lee 488.60-464.70. Roberts’ score set a Cold Spring Harbor record.
Entering the final round, Roberts led Lee by a slim margin of 3.85 points, 347.75-343.90. But instead of feeling any added pressure, Roberts enjoyed the moment to the fullest.
“She’s one of my best friends and we’re always having fun,” Roberts said of Lee. “My goal wasn’t really to beat her.”
Roberts got off to a solid start, earning a score of 43.20 on her opening dive. She then scored a blazing 51.7 on her second one, her highest-scoring dive of the evening.
“We practiced that dive,” coach George Taylor said of Roberts’ second dive. “I told her to be calm and push it. She nailed it for 51.7 points. I knew then she was going to have a good meet.”
With Roberts having two years remaining at Cold Spring Harbor, Taylor can’t help but gush over the kind of future she has as one of Long Island’s premier divers.
“She’s great now, but next year watch out,” he said
If Roberts’ title of Nassau’s top diver wasn’t impressive enough, she also won the county’s No. 1 honor by edging a sixth-year opponent in Lee, who began diving for Jericho as a seventh grader.
“That was very impressive,” Taylor said. “I work with Renee a lot. It’s been a great ride.”
Roberts clinched her spot in the state championships by posting a score of 451 last week. Though lacking the experience compared with many of the divers she’ll face upstate, Roberts is looking forward to the challenge.
“I hope to increase the degree of difficulty on my dives,” Roberts said. “Hopefully I can learn some new dives and get those going so I can feel confident going into states.”
And come away with one more accolade.