STAMFORD — The champ is still here. The champ is still here.
Kevin Bradley of the Norwalk-McMahon Co-op enjoyed his reign as FCIAC boys diving champion so much that he felt compelled to keep the title for a second straight year Wednesday night.
Displaying a wide-ranging and high-scoring repetoire, Bradley amassed 562.25 points on his 11 dives to outdistance the field of 23 divers competing at the Westhill High School pool.
“I’ve been looking forward to this diving postseason. It feels like I’ve been diving for so long,” Bradley said. “This senior year is my last chance at this level. And it’s flown by.”
New Canaan High School divers captured the next four places. The Ram divers amassed 62 points for the New Canaan boys swim team to carry into Thursday’s FCIAC Boys Swim Championship at the Greenwich HS pool.
James Regusa (473.20) took second place followed by fellow juniors George Moore (471.75), Jackson Camporin (450.55) and Connor Cloud (444.50).
“It was a solid finish for all of us,” NC’s Moore said. “We all responded and it became our best meet of the season. We all hit big dives when it counted. The competition level between us in practice all year translated into this.
“It’s great to give the swim side 62 points. We are a real swim and dive team this season,” Moore continued. “As for myself, I had been playing soccer and lacrosse in past years. This year I focused only on diving, and it paid off.”
New Canaan’s Joe Somma was the diving coach of the hour Wednesday night.
“It’s great the way the New Canaan divers have challenged each other. They were so consistent tonight,” Somma said. “They all worked hard to get strong this year. They were able to power the diving board. And get real height on their dives.”
Joel Satir of Greenwich High (409.60) placed sixth. Ridgefield High’s Caitlin Inall (407.35) was an impressive seventh just ahead of Trumbull’s Josh Salem (390.95).
But the evening belonged to Bradley, who will be diving at Michigan University in the fall.
Bradley led start to finish as his technical prowess and attention to detail on each dive was apparent. He received a perfect 10 score from one judge in round six.
“I’ve only received one perfect 10 at this level before tonight,” Bradley said. “It was such a surprise, but it boosted my confidence the rest of the way.”
Bradley also spends summer diving in New Canaan for coach Somma’s Whirlwind squad.
“Kevin’s experience winning the high school trifecta (FCIAC, Class LL, State Open champion) last year gave him the confidence to fine-tune everything for this senior year,” Somma said. “Kevin has a great knack for this sport. He’s always had strength and power in his dives. But now, he has grace as well. And that’s where elite divers come from.”