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Lindenhurst diver Grace Reeves making a big splash

Lindenhurst's Grace Reeves in action in a meet

Lindenhurst's Grace Reeves in action in a meet on Nov. 6, 2015. Photo Credit: Alan J Schaefer

Grace Reeves continues to define herself as one of the top high school divers in Suffolk county.

The Lindenhurst senior scored 309.90 last month to top Suffolk’s 14-year-old six-dive record of 305.1 held by Hills West’s Gayle Rudofsky. And Monday, she placed second at the Suffolk 11-dive invitational to qualify for the state championship meet. She will be looking to improve on her own 11-dive record at the county championship Nov. 4 at Hauppauge.

“There’s a lot of pressure,” Reeves said of her success. “It’s not easy knowing I broke the record and hold the record, and I want to do that again.”

Reeves leaves nothing to chance. She dives at practice with the swim team in the afternoon, then goes to open swim in the evening.

“She definitely deserves [the records],” Lindenhurst diving coach Tom Cornelia said. “If you saw her workouts and how much she actually crashes — then when she gets to the meets she’s pretty solid most of the time.”

Reeves’ technique was on display in September, taking high-difficulty dives she would perform in an 11-dive event and pulling each one off consecutively to help hit a higher point total in fewer attempts to set the six-dive record.

She placed second at Monday’s 11-dive invitational with 488.24 points, finishing behind Patricia Arceri (506.80), a junior from Huntington. Reeves said having another high-caliber diver helps her to stay focused and bring out her best.

“Having her makes me work harder and want to make new dives and want to increase my scores,” Reeves said.

Monday’s performance gave her the opportunity to see the divers who would be heading to the county championship and challenging her for the title she’s held for two years running. Anybody who wants to compete at her level is welcome motivation.

“To see the whole realm of the county, I got a good gist of what’s going to be occurring,” Reeves said.

Reeves has a few meets remaining before the county and state championships, but when they arrive, they will be the last high school performances for an athlete who has made herself a must-know name in Suffolk diving for a long time to come.


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