Bradley 6th at state diving meet

Steamboat athlete earns career-best score of 370.3, looks ahead to next year

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— Steamboat Springs High School junior Genna Bradley isn't shy when it comes to what her expectations are for next year's state diving championships.

Fresh off a sixth-place finish and career best 370.3 score at Saturday's state diving championships, all Bradley had to do was look who finished in front of her.

Yup, all seniors.

"My goal for next year," Bradley said before pausing, "is probably to get first. Yeah, I think I'm going to get some new dives this summer, change my list and work hard. It's definitely possible."

With a new dive that featured a higher degree of difficulty, Bradley made it through the preliminary round and into the finals in sixth place.

Although she wasn't able to move up in the finals, it wasn't for the lack of effort. Of all the divers who finished in front of her, all posted career-best marks.

"She really had to earn it this year," coach Dave Fix said. "Everyone was diving their best they ever have. Last year, she was bumped up into seventh not only because she was diving well but a couple divers choked. But she dove her best meet. It's very exciting."

Now, Bradley will take some much-needed time off. She said it's been a tough year with all of the extracurricular activities she has been involved with. But with Saturday's finish, and the possibilities that are there next year, Bradley said she is ready to focus on diving in the summer.

This will include several camps with Fix and possibly some other diving camps around the region.

"She's realizing and I'm realizing and her parents are realizing she has the potential to do great," Fix said. "I'm really psyched. She had an awesome year. I couldn't be more happy with Genna's performance (Saturday) and all year long."

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