Greenwich’s Sodokoff, Darien’s Luz 1-2 at FCIAC Diving
By Rich DePretaPublished
STAMFORD — Senior year is all about leaving a great high school legacy before moving on to the challenge of college.
Greenwich High School senior Justin Sodokoff long journey was rewarded Wednesday night when he captured the 2017 FCIAC Boys Diving Championship at the Westhill diving pool.
Sodokoff racked up 526.95 points on 11 dives to edge fellow senior Tim Luz of Darien (501.35) for the crown.
“After I missed all of last season (knee injury), to have a senior year like this means everything,” Sodokoff said. “I didn’t hit every dive the way I wanted, But my final five dives kept me in the race and allowed me to finish the job.”
While Sodokoff was happy to contribute some of the 47 points that Greenwich High will carry into Thursday’s FCIAC Boys Swim Championship, the victory had much deeper meaning.
“Julian Fraser was a special member of the Greenwich High School boys swim program. He passed away recently after a long bout with cancer,” Sodokoff said. “Julian helped me so much during my freshman year at Greenwich High. I dedicate this win to him.”
The kudos continued for Greenwich as junior Devon Satir took third place in the field of 22 divers with 482.55 points. New Canaan senior Cameron Rhind and Darien High junior Wiley Schmidt tied for fourth place at 481.65 points.
“Devon did an amazing job,” said Greenwich’s sixth-year diving coach Sergey Meshcherskiy. “With Sergei Shaw (9th) and Mike McNulty (15th) it was a great first step in the postseason for our group. I couldn’t be happier for Justin (Sodokoff). He has been diving with me since he was 10 years old. He has worked so hard to get this win. I’m so proud for him.”
The level of competition shows in where the top finishers will be diving in the fall with Sodokoff headed to Dartmouth College, Luz to Yale and Rhind to Penn.
Luz has been a solid postseason performer since his freshman year. So it was no surprise he was able to break through the 500 point plateau.
“I’m so happy with the results. I came out to do my thing and it went very well,” Luz said. “The expperience of being a senior means your nerves are calm in an event like this. We all know each other so it’s a great competition among friends. The state meets should be very interesting as well.”
Completing the top 10 finishers were Darien junior Owen Stevens (453.50), New Canaan freshman James Ragusa (424.15), Norwalk’s Kevin Bradley (421.40), Greenwich’s Shaw (407) and Westhill’s Andrew Kitain (391.60).
FCIAC DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP
At Westhill HS pool, 1 meter diving
Field of 22, Cut to 16 after Round 8 of 11.
1, Justin Sodokoff (Greenwich) 526.95 points; 2, Tim Luz (Darien) 501.35; 3, Devon Satir (Greenwich) 482.55; 4, (tie) Cameron Rhind (New Canaan), Wiley Schmidt (Darien) 481.65; 6, Owen Stevens (Darien) 453.50. 7, James Ragusa (New Canaan) 424.15; 8, Kevin Bradley (Norwalk) 421.40; 9, Sergei Shaw (Greenwich) 407.0; 10, Andrew Kitain (Westhill) 391.60; 11, Jackson Camporin (New Canaan) 391.35; 12, Zach Cooper (Staples) 367.65. 13, George Moore (New Canaan) 349.0; 14, Eamon Mahoney (Westhill) 340.05; 15, Mike McNulty (Greenwich) 318.20; 16, Josh Salem (Trumbull) 270.90; 17, Brayden Klein (Staples) 212.15. 18, Jackson Major (Darien) 186.40; 19, Max Hutchins (Trumbull) 181.60; 20, Zac Kitay (Westhill) 168.65; 21, James Stewart (Wilton) 168.50; 22, Ryan Cranston (Trumbull) 145.45.