Steamboat Springs’ Amy Brodie, middle, signs a letter of intent to swim for Colorado Mesa University next fall. She was joined by, from left, coach Essi Kenttala, coach Pam Tracy, her mother, Nancy Brodie, father, Rick Brodie, coach Patti Worsley and coach Jill Ruppel.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs’ Amy Brodie, middle, signs a letter of intent to swim for Colorado Mesa University next fall. She was joined by, from left, coach Essi Kenttala, coach Pam Tracy, her mother, Nancy Brodie, father, Rick Brodie, coach Patti Worsley and coach Jill Ruppel.

Steamboat swimmer Amy Brodie signs with Colorado Mesa University

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— The best thing for Amy Brodie, and even better for the Colorado Mesa University women’s swim team, is that the Steamboat Springs High School senior has no idea how good she can be.

How could she?

Brodie, who will graduate this spring, has spent most of her swimming career as a four-month warrior, dominating her age class against swimmers who train three times as much as she does.

Brodie recently signed her letter of intent to swim for the Mavericks in Grand Junction, a place where she will receive year-round, extensive training for the first time in her life.

“Coming from Steamboat, there wasn’t a huge baseline for swimming,” Brodie said. “When I was 14, I tried swimming for a year, but it was too hard with the winter and how it gets darker quicker. I did other training to stay in shape, but it’s never the same.”

Brodie, who also was an honorable all-conference selection in volleyball in the fall, will swim the sprint events in the freestyle, backstroke and fly events. She also likely will swim in several relay events.

“She has a little fire in her in the pool that you can see,” coach Pam Tracy said. “I knew she was going places with that. You can just see it in her strokes.”

Even as a summer swimmer, Brodie consistently dominated the competition. But it wasn’t until August that she proved to coaches and herself that she could compete at the next level while swimming at the 2011 Western Zone Age Group Swimming Championships in California.

As one of the only seasonal swimmers in the competition, Brodie picked up three top-five finishes in individual events and four podium finishes in relays.

“If there is anything good, it’s when you’re here you don’t burn out,” coach Essi Kenttala said. “Now, she has a good base and is now getting to the real world and training year-round. The sky is the limit.”

Brodie also looked at the University of Hawaii and several schools in California before deciding on Mesa.

She said the athletic facilities, as well as the proximity to family, were big factors in her decision.

She said she plans to study business with a possible eye on marketing. She said the plan is to spend a couple of years in Grand Junction before possibly transferring.

Either way, she is excited to see where she can go and how fast she can swim.

“Although the training will be tough, it will be good for me,” she said. “I think I haven’t even come close to my peak.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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