Norwalk’s Bradley captures FCIAC diving crown
STAMFORD — He was undefeated in the regular season, increased his school record for points at nearly every step along the way.
And Norwalk’s Kevin Bradley retained his penthouse status in the FCIAC on Wednesday night by capturing the 2018 FCIAC Boys Diving Championship at the Westhill High pool.
Bradley outdistanced a field of 21 divers by amassing 502.15 points over his 11 dives.
The point total also broke a 40-year-old school record at Norwalk High for diving points in an 11-dive competition. The old mark was 457.75 points.
Since he spent much of last season battling shoulder injuries, Bradley was most pleased to earn the FCIAC boys diving gold medal Wednesday night.
“The outcome was everything I could have wished for,” Bradley said. “The big degree of difficulty on my dives made this possible. When I hit the water clean on my last dive (3.1 difficulty), I was so happy.”
Greenwich senior Devon Satir took second place with 479.50 points. It was an amazing performance since the five judges did not feel he completed his opening dive and gave him a series of 2.0 scores (on a scale of 10). And Satir wasn’t perfect on his next dive either.
“It was a huge effort. Devon showed such ability to fight and come back,” said Greenwich High diving coach Sergey Mescherskiy. “Devon gave up 20 to 30 points on that first dive. His margin for error was gone. Congratulations to Kevin Bradley but Devon will see him again in the state diving meets (Class LL, State Open).”
Darien High School seniors Wiley Schmidt (476.30) and Owen Stevens (475.90) took third and fourth places. Darien divers amassed 33 points for the Blue Wave for Thursday’s FCIAC Boys Swim Championship. Greenwich collected 44 points, New Canaan had 36 and Norwalk had 21.
For New Canaan, James Ragusa (428.85) was sixth with teammates Jackson Camporin (396.10) in eighth, George Moore (365.45) in tenth and Connor Cloud (339.15) in 12th place.
Caitlin Inall, competing for Ridgefield High, finished seventh overall with 401.70 points.
Josh Salem (11th, 359.95) paced the Trumbull effort. Brayden Klein was 14th for Staples.
While his good health was a huge factor, Bradley also felt he was a year older and a year wiser after placing eighth in the 2017 FCIAC diving.
“I got off to a good start. That allowed me to lead from start to finish,” Bradley said. “That’s a great way to keep a positive outlook. I’ve really understood this year how big and how important the mental side of diving is. This result is great and gives me a boost of confidence. But I know anything can happen in the state diving meets. There are no guarantees.”
FCIAC DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP
At Westhill High pool
1, Kevin Bradley (Norwalk) 502.15 points (school record); 2, Devon Satir (Greenwich) 479.50; 3, Wiley Schmidt (Darien) 476.30; 4, Owen Stevens (Dar) 475.90; 5, Sergei Shaw (Gr) 442.60; 6, James Ragusa (New Canaan) 428.85; 7, Caitlin Inall (Ridgefield) 401.70; 8, Jackson Camporin (NC) 396.10; 9, Joel Satir (Gr) 391.95; 10, George Moore (NC) 365.45.
11, Josh Salem (Trumbull) 359.95; 12, Connor Cloud (NC) 339.15; 13, Michael McNulty (Gr) 330.20; 14, Brayden Klein (Staples) 286.10; 15, Jackson Major (Dar) 266.50; 16, Quint Bartush (Nor) 253.60.
17, Zac Kitay (West-SHS) 158.05; 18, James Stewart (Wilton) 154.20; 19, Conor Poholek (Tr) 145.35; 20, David Tilton (Nor) 129.95; 21, Oscar Hechter (Stap) 83.10.
Notes: Field of 21 was cut to 16 after eight of 11 rounds of dives. Team Points for Thursday’s FCIAC Swim final: 1, Greenwich 44; 2, New Canaan 36; 3, Darien 33; 4, Norwalk 21; 5, Ridgefield 12; 6, Trumbull 6; 7, Staples 3.