BRISTOL - Typically at swim meets you have divers and swimmers, very rarely you see the athlete doing both events.
But for the Plainville girls swim team, this is something that happens very frequently.
Jill Arens and Tess Susco are two of the Blue Devils four divers, who also happen to swim as well.
“Smaller team, everyone has to play a role,” Plainville head coach Chris Zagorski said. “Typically we have four divers but two are out with injuries right now. Jill and Tessa have done a great job with stepping up for us. We have had years where we don’t have any divers, where we’ve had one, and going into that event, it’s an important event. If we don’t have competitors in it we’re giving away points. A big part of why we are able to be so competitive this year is because of diving.”
Arens finished in third place with a score of 147.85 while Susco came in third with a score of 139.45.
Before diving even took place Susco competed in the 200 freestyle where she placed fifth with a time of 2:52.91.
After diving Arens competed in the 100 freestyle and finished in fifth place with a time of 1:22.14.
“It’s very mentally, getting into what you’re going to do,” Susco said.
“Before you swim you need to get into the right mindset, once you’re diving it’s totally different.”
Before the meet would end Susco participated in the 200 freestyle relay then she finished the afternoon with Arens in the 400 freestyle relay.
“Personally I like diving more,” Arens said.
“I like swimming the 50 freestyle, but I love diving,” Susco said.
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