Obstacles No Problem as Scarry Goes to State Meet

Warrior diver overcomes rash of injuries, illness to contend for medal. Six Deerfield athletes to compete today and Saturday.

has had to overcome a lot since last summer.

The freshman diver is one of six Warriors who will compete in the State Swimming and Diving Meet today and Saturday in Evanston and he is the one who has dealt with major adversity.

In November, 2010, as a eighth grader, Scarry placed 11th in the Junior Nationals for the 14 and under division but by last summer he was on crutches with pins in his leg.

“It really sucked,” Scarry said of the bicycle accident that led to a broken leg and torn meniscus over the summer. “I was on crutches for the first quarter (until November). The first week of the season I was not cleared to compete.”

Since then he has recovered to become the Warriors highest seeded competitor in the State Meet. His Sectional score of 458.6 ranks him seventh among the qualifiers making him a contender for a medal.

“Barring Christine Lucas he is as good as any diver we’ve had here,” diving Coach Doug Foerch said. There have been a number of state diving champions from Deerfield like in November, but Lucas, now 25, is the lone Olympian.

Scarry will have company from Deerfield including another diver, sophomore Ryan Church. They will be joined by senior swimmers Kevin Ewing, Chris Roberts and Mark Stern as well as junior Daniel Perlovsky.

The quartet of swimmers will compete in the 200-yard medley relay. Ewing, who is also a medal contender, will swim the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Roberts will participate in the 50 freestyle.

When Scarry was given the OK to compete after breaking his leg, he was a freshman diving against seniors and he felt nervous. He had to overcome that fear as well as potential lingering weakness from the injury.

“I won a couple of dual meets and an invitational and felt good about competing against them (older divers),” Scarry said. As he was on his way to success in December, he dislocated his shoulder in gym class and was immobile again for three weeks.

“It wasn’t as bad as we thought but that’s when his parents decided to have the pins removed (from his leg),” Foerch said. “He lost training time.” Just before Saturday’s Sectional Scarry was battling the flu but still managed to post the seventh best score in Illinois.

A gymnast since he was 8, Scarry has only been diving for two years. He became disenchanted with gymnastics but his parents wanted him to continue to develop athletically.

“I just didn’t want to do it (gymnastics) anymore,” Scarry said. “My mom and dad supported me but wanted me to do something else. I tried diving and liked it.” He thinks success in both sports come from controlling his body while he is in the air.

When it comes to competing against upperclassmen and experiencing the State Meet for the first time, Foerch thinks Scarry and Church complement one another. “They’re good for each other,” Foerch said.

Church is also new to diving. He competed at the freshman and junior varsity level last year but significant improvement landed him a berth in the State Meet.

“I told him you could make State but this is what you have to do,” Foerch said. “He put a lot of hard work in and did what he had to do.”


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