Theo Bodor, a Larchmont resident, was the only high school junior to place in the top ten on Saturday, February 27th at Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York, where the Swimming and Diving State finals on the one meter board were held.
Theo’s score of 439.85 for eleven dives over the two-day competition put him in fifth place for public school divers and seventh for public/private combined.
According to Mamaroneck High School’s varsity diving coach, Johan Lopez, “From the outset, Theo was focused, reviewing his previous practices, mindful of the order on which his dives would have the most impact and what would resonate best with the judges. There were 47 divers and he knew going in that he would have to fight his way to the top, beating out seniors and heavily favored divers from previous state championships.“
Mr. Lopez was already looking ahead. Theo “is the heavy favorite to win it next year since he is the number one junior in New York State,” he predicted.
Theo has been diving for the Mamaroneck High school varsity team since eighth grade. He started diving in 2005 and soon began competing. He belongs to the Marlins Diving Club based at the Greenwich, Connecticut YMCA and is coached there by Billy McGowan.
This is the fourth year Theo has qualified for Nationals and he says he is hoping to qualify again. He has a packed spring season ahead of him.
Like his coach, he is looking to the future. “I plan on diving in college, hopefully at a top-tier Division 1 school. I just need to stay focused and hopefully I end up where I want to be,” said Theo.
According to Aaron Montgomery, Mamaroneck’s varsity swim coach, “Theo is such a valuable member of our team. His demeanor at meets models true focus and his competitive experience provides us with points and leadership. His goal of winning NYS Diving Championships next season is lofty but attainable. I plan on supporting him however I can so he can achieve that goal.”