MIDDLETOWN — In diving, the math never lies.
Norwalk High School senior Kevin Bradley put the full weight of his extensive diving repertoire on the field of 28 Thursday night at the Class LL diving championship at Middletown High pool.
The result was back-to-back Class LL diving titles for Bradley.
Bradley finished the 11-dive marathon with 547.65 points to win by a margin of 139 points.
“I did have a slow start. But I took things dive by dive. I know even I can’t hit all 11 dives,” Bradley said, another gold medal around his neck. “It’s great when things fall into place. Earning a second LL title, it feels like all the hard work has paid off.”
Ridgefield High School senior Caitlin Inall rallied late to capture second place with 408.40 points. Greenwich sophomore Joel Satir showed he has a bright future by taking third place at 402.35 points.
Thomas Kehoe of Fairfield Prep closed stoutly to grab sixth place and a medal with 381.65 points.
“It’s exciting to be the runnerup,” Inall said. “I’ve been diving (both girls and boys) Class LL for four years. I worked so hard step by step to reach this goal.”
Inall, who will be diving at George Washington University in the fall, has spent the last two summers working with Joe Somma’s New Canaan Whirlwind diving group.
“Diving against the boys and with the Whirlwinds has increased my confidence,” Inall said. “The Whirlwind guys are great teammates.”
One of those teammates is none other than Mr. Bradley. Bradley, who will dive at the University of Michigan in the fall, goes for the repeat trifecta (FCIAC, Class LL, State Open titles) at Bulkeley High in Hartford next fall.
“I’m so happy for Caitlin. To watch her growth as a diver over the past four years is amazing,” Bradley said. “As for me, anything can happen at the State Open diving. But I’m pleased that everything is coming together.”
The turning point Thursday night for Bradley came in Round 6 when he scored a perfect 10 from one of the five judges.
Glastonbury’s Ethan Godfrey (5th place, 390.85) kept things very close through the opening five rounds. However, Godfrey’s final two dives were not up to his high standards which opened the door for Inall, Satir and Southington’s Chase Galayda.