Monday, February 12, 2007
Steamboat Springs Genna Bradley completed a trio of firsts at the high school regional swimming and diving meet in Delta on Saturday.
Bradley, a freshman at Steamboat Springs High School but who competes for the Moffat County diving team, took home the regional championship with a score that qualified her for the state meet by more than 70 points.
It was the first time a person from Steamboat has qualified for state in diving. It was also the first time in four years that a Moffat County diver has qualified and the first time diving coach Dave Fix has taken a diver to state.
"She works well under pressure," Fix said. "She's exceeded my expectations 10-fold."
Bradley, who started diving for the first time ever earlier in the summer, had won two meets this year but always finished just a few points shy of the 300 point total it takes to get to state.
But on Saturday, Bradley scored 373.8 points in the 11 dive meet.
"I thought it was really cool," Bradley said. "I wasn't expecting it at all. I was just hoping to make it to state and then I did that."
Bradley has been making the 45-minute drive to Moffat County for practice twice a week.
While Fix said he knew Bradley had the ability to be a great diver, he didn't put any expectations on her except for doing well at the regional tournament.
"It's been unbelievable," Fix said. "I told her (Saturday) it's like a dream come true. It's been the happiest thing that's happened to me besides my new baby."
Now Bradley will compete in the state meet at the Epic Recreation Center in Fort Collins on Friday against more than 30 divers.
Bradley's happy to make state and said she doesn't really have any expectations.
"I'm just hoping to do my best," she said
Fix said based on her score from regionals, Bradley should fit in somewhere in the low in the middle of the pack.
But as has been case this year, he said Bradley has a flare for the big stage.
"We talked about it I said, 'she's done everything I've wanted her to do as a diver,'" Fix said. "If she does well, great. If not hopefully it will get her hungry for next year."