Athletic News

Sydney Bluestein ’21 Crowned New England Diving Champion

Carly Barbato – March 5, 2020

Sydney Bluestein ’21 has claimed the title of New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Division I Diving Champion for the second time in her career at Deerfield.

Yesterday, at the DI Diving Championships hosted by Deerfield Academy Sydney amassed 446.35 points during the 11 dive championship competition, surpassing and breaking the pool record of 444.55 set in 2007 by diver, Duffey from Pingree. Deerfield’s Koch Pool 1-Meter Diving pool record now reads, Sydney Bluestein ’21 446.35 (2020). Congratulations, Sydney!

Podium finishes at the NEPSAC Diving Championship are familiar territory for Sydney; she first captured the New England Diving title in 2018 and was the runner up in 2019.

The final seeding yesterday all came down to the final dive and it proved to be the lucky number eleven dive for Sydney. Only .3 points separated Sydney and second place Annie Bingle from Greenwich Academy (446.05), marking perhaps the closest point differential in the history of the NEPSAA DI Diving Championship.

All Deerfield divers placed during the competition, Laurent Mitchell ’22 earned a tenth place finish, Mady Sofer ’20 placed 16th and Morgan Clough ’20 was 29th overall.

With all of these top finishes, the Deerfield girl divers compiled 28 points which will go towards their team total for the upcoming Swimming Championship hosted this weekend at the Hotchkiss School. Currently, the Deerfield girls swimming and diving team are tied for second place with Suffield Academy entering the final meet. Greenwich Academy leads with 33 points.

Congratulations to the Deerfield divers on a great season and good luck to the Big Green swimmers this weekend!

Go Big Green!