Steamboat Springs diver places 9th at meet |

Steamboat Springs diver places 9th at meet

Bradley preps for next tough competition

Luke Graham

— If anything became apparent for diver Genna Bradley at Saturday's meet at Mountain View High School, it's that the competition level on the Front Range is fierce.

And it's not just all the Class 5A meets Bradley has been entering this season.

Bradley, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School who competes for Class 4A Moffat County High School, finished ninth out of 68 divers with a score of 322.3 points.

The highly competitive meet was one of several Bradley has been to this year. She and coach Dave Fix chose the tougher competitions to get her ready for the state meet Feb. 12 and 13 at Mountain View.

The meets are predominately 5A, but judging from Saturday's meet, Bradley said she expects the 4A meet to be just as tough.

"It's just the competition difficulty is on a completely different spectrum on the Front Range," she said. "It really takes some getting used to, mentally preparing."

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At the Mountain View meet, Bradley said she was happy with her performance but just missed on two of her dives.

Fix called Bradley's performance a "B-plus" and said if she had dived as well as he knows she can, she would have finished in the top three.

Bradley has the second-highest score in 4A with a 350.17, a score she registered earlier this season. Windsor's Mikhaila Eckhardt, who finished seventh at last year's state championship meet one spot behind Bradley, leads with a dive of 366.2.

Fix said with how tough the competition has been and with the state meet less than a month away, the biggest challenge has been keeping Bradley mentally sharp.

Bradley should get more good competition Saturday at the JeffCo Invite in Arvada. There again, she'll see the top competition in Class 4A and 5A.

It's also a meet where Bradley had one of her best performances as a prep diver, finishing an impressive second place last year.

Regardless, Bradley insists the competition level will have her primed to make a state championship run in February.

"It doesn't scare me as much as it fires me up," she said, noting that she's diving at a six out of 10 now. "I strive off of competition. It's good to have competition. It makes me work harder."

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