On February 6, Hendrick Hudson sophomore Ioannis (Yanni) Schattman won the Section 1 Diving Championship, held at SUNY Purchase. Yanni defended his title, which he earned as a freshman last year.
Yanni has been diving at various meets throughout the section. His top score in the championship also qualified him for the New York State Diving Championships on Friday, March 6 at Eisenhower Park in Long Island, NY. He had already secured a state bid when he won a state qualifying diving competition at Cornwall High School on January 31.
The accomplished diver has been a top finisher at the Section 1 Championships since arriving on the scene as an eighth grader. He placed second that year, prior to winning back-to-back championships the past two years.
Athletic Director Tom Baker acknowledged the remarkable achievement. “Watching Yanni dive is truly impressive. What makes this more impressive is that this is not a Class A or Class B championship, but rather one champion for the entire Section. I am very much looking forward to watching him compete at the state championship.”