In only his second year of diving with the Fords, Cirelli, a senior, has been dominant on the boards. After finishing 16th at Easterns last winter, Cirelli has picked up where he left off, winning many meets this season by a wide margin and posting numerous personal bests along the way (his career best is 241.10). Off the boards, he won a first-place award at the 34th annual Montgomery County High School Art Exhibit for a sculpture called "A Snowball's Chance.'
Main Line Media News: How do you adjust to different boards, and how important is it to get practice in at different sites?
Anthony Cirelli: Normally it just takes a couple warm up jumps to get used to a different board. It is definitely very important to get practice at different sites for various reasons, such as getting used to the board and spotting.
Main Line Media News: Have you ever felt that you hit a perfect dive? Was it in competition or just practicing?
Anthony Cirelli: In our meet on Senior Night, I was doing a front two and a half. After having a good hurtle and rotating fast, I came out strong at the bottom of the dive, and it felt like it went in perfectly with no splash.
Main Line Media News: What are your best dives, in order?
Anthony Cirelli: My top three are Back 1.5 flips half twist, Front 2.5 flips, Inward 1.5 flips.
Main Line Media News: Take us through a typical workout session, both in the pool and in the weight room.
Anthony Cirelli: A typical practice on the board consists of going through dives that I may have coming up in a meet, or learning a new dive. In the weight room we get trained as a team by the trainer. Workouts range from squats on the rack to intense core workouts.
Main Line Media News: What colleges are among your current favorites? What do you think you would like to major in? Is there a career path that particularly interests you?
Anthony Cirelli: My favorites include Drexel University, West Chester University, University of Tampa and University of Delaware. I am thinking of majoring in either business or psychology.
Main Line Media News: You won a first-place award at the 34th annual Montgomery County High School Art Exhibit for your sculpture "A Snowball's Chance.' Can you tell us a little about this sculpture - do you consider this work of art your best creation to date? What inspired you to create this sculpture?
Anthony Cirelli: I created this art piece my freshman year in 3-D foundations and it is to date my best art creation.
Main Line Media News: Do you participate in any other sports/extracurricular activities at Haverford School? What sparked your interest in these activities?
Anthony Cirelli: I participate in Peer Counseling. I just started going to peer counseling this year and I love how it gives me and my peers the opportunity to be able to talk about our problems in a safe and trusting environment.
Anthony Cirelli's favoritesBook: The Great Gatsby.
Movie: Law Abiding Citizen.
Pre-meet pump-up song: The Pretender, by Foo Fighters.
Athlete: Allen Iverson.
Place to visit: Ocean City, N.J.
(To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, an athlete must first be nominated by his coach.)