Another year, another school record for standout diver Hayden Devorsetz ’24. After breaking Canterbury’s 11-dive record at last year’s New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Swimming & Diving Championships, Hayden claimed one more mark this past weekend.
This time, it was the team record for six dives, as he compiled a score of 271.30 at the home meet in the Higgins Aquatic Center—shattering the previous record of 257.55! His two highest-scoring dives were his Forward 2½ somersault and Inward 1½ somersault, each earning 50-plus points.
“The week leading up to the meet was an emotional roller coaster,” Hayden said afterward. “When I heard that I had not only broken the record but surpassed it by almost 20 points, I was overjoyed. I have put so much work into diving in the past four years, and breaking the record is the perfect culmination of my high school career.”
Overall, the Boys’ Swimming & Diving team was bested by Kingswood Oxford School, but the girls’ team came out on top against both Kingswood and Westover School.
Diving Coach and Science Teacher Sally Ruderman shared that Hayden’s dives were carefully planned out to best capitalize on his considerable talent. “The stars aligned this week for Hayden to break the team record for six dives,” she said. “We knew it was a possibility and designed his list to maximize difficulty and the ability to show off his best skills.” Needless to say, Sally was delighted with the result.
As was Hayden, who has brought an unwavering passion for diving to the pool throughout his time as a Saint. “Seeing a concrete result of the amount of time and effort I have put into diving is one of the best feelings in the world,” he shared. “Many people do not realize that diving is probably 10 percent physical and 90 percent mental. Every time I get on the board, there is a part of me that is scared, especially if I am doing something new or difficult. However, I have learned to overcome that, which has made me mentally tougher in my everyday life as well.”
Congratulations, Hayden, for your unparalleled achievements—and to all of our swimmers and divers who competed so hard at the meet. You make us proud!