Steamboat Springs A lot in Genna Bradley’s life has changed since she was a freshman.
Part of it has been just growing up, seeing her goals morph from one thing to another.
But since Bradley first picked up diving and competed in high school for the first time as a freshman, her one goal in the sport hasn’t changed.
Bradley, a Steamboat Springs High School senior who competes for Moffat County High School, is hellbent on winning the Class 4A diving championships.
“It would kind of be something of a goal I’ve had since I was a freshman,” Bradley said. “I mean, a lot has changed. My goals have changed, but this is one that has always been concrete. I’ve wanted it for so long.”
Bradley finished sixth at last season’s state competition, and the five girls who finished ahead of her have graduated.
Bradley and coach Dave Fix, however, made plans at the end of last season to change up the way she did some things. Bradley spent time at Indiana University with Hoosiers coach Jeff Huber, regarded as the foremost diving coach in the country. Bradley also went to Indiana to work with Huber during her holiday break.
“It was really awesome,” she said about working with Huber. “You learn so much. I did it for four days over Christmas break. It was like six to seven hours a day. I really love it.”
Fix and Bradley also decided heading into her senior year to take a different route in competitions. Whereas in the past three years, Bradley competed across the Western Slope and at a few Front Range meets, this year, she’s almost exclusively focusing on Class 5A Front Range meets.
In these, she sees the top competition the state has to offer.
“We want to enter her into all 5A competition and some with 4A,” Fix said. “The majority is all 5A competitions down on Front Range. It’s to basically prep her and work her hard.”
It’s certainly opened Bradley’s eyes. At the elite Coaches Invitational in Loveland this season, Bradley finished 14th out of 52 divers.
“It’s been a lot different experience because I never really got intense competition until later in the season,” she said. “That meet hit me in the face. I wasn’t expecting it.”
Despite a couple of easy wins in Western Slope tournaments earlier this season, Bradley’s schedule will feature two more big meets and regionals — where she’s a three-time champion — before the state diving meet Feb. 12 and 13 at Mountain View High School.
And it’s those dates Bradley has eyed since she was a freshman.
“She has the potential to win 4A state,” Fix said. “She’s one of the top two or three divers in the 4A group around Colorado. It would be great for Steamboat. That’s our goal. We’ve put her in 5A with competition for this whole season leading up to state. Then at 4A state, she’ll feel a lot more relaxed.”
Bradley’s next competition is Saturday at Mountain View High School in Loveland.