HAMDEN—The most wonderful season of the diving life of Norwalk High School’s Kevin Bradley added another chapter of excellence Tuesday evening as the junior captured the 2018 Class LL boys diving state title at the Hamden High School pool.
Bradley, whose point totals have been straight up the mountain top all winter, hit another plateau as he amassed 572.10 points over his 11-dive tour-de-force.
Greenwich High senior Devon Satir was Class LL runnerup at 537.95 points followed by Ethan Godfrey of Glastonbury (450.85) and GHS senior teammate Sergei Shaw (447.95).
“Throughout this season I looked forward to this meet,” Bradley said. “It’s always great to compete with friends. And add another accomplishment to a great season.”
Indeed. After winning last week’s FCIAC diving championship with 502.15 points, Bradley took his diving to the next level Tuesday night.
The 6-foot-1 Bradley got such height on all 11 dives that he led the 29-diver field from start to finish. Bradley earned a pair of perfect 10’s from two of the five judges in Round 7 to make it clear that he would not be stopped.
“Kevin was in such a zone tonight. He just shattered his point record for an 11-dive competition,” said Norwalk-McMahon Co-op coach Chris Passamano. “Kevin made sure there was no doubt about victory tonight. I couldn’t be more proud for him. Due to his work ethic, he deserves all the records he gets.”
GREENWICH DIVERS GIVE CARDINALS A CLASS LL BUMP
The Greenwich High School quartet of senior Devon Satir, senior Sergei Shaw, freshman Joel Satir (7th, 409.55) and junior Mike McNulty (11th, 370.90) gave the GHS boys swim team the early lead for next week’s Class LL Swim Championships.
The foursome collected 41 points that were instrumental in GHS’ FCIAC team title last Sunday.
Devon Satir had a great Class LL diving night. He earned a perfect 10 from one judge in Round 10. But he couldn’t catch the flawless Mr. Bradley. Satir was also FCIAC runnerup to Bradley.
“I improved tonight over the FCIACs. There were no messed up dives tonight,” Devon Satir said. “What our team did was the most important thing. The four of us challenge and push each other.”
Greenwich has Generation Now in Devon Satir and Shaw. And Generation Next in McNulty and Joel Satir.
“Kevin Bradley was so good today. But our group was amazing,” said Greenwich diving coach Sergey Mescherskiy. “Sergei (Shaw) was so consistent. I’m proud to see him making the most of his senior year. Devon (Satir) had just one little mistake all night. Joel (Satir) has a bright future and Michael (McNulty) had his personal best score of his three seasons. We’re looking forward to the State Open diving.”
GOOD NIGHT FOR THE FCIAC
Ridgefield’s Caitlin Inall earned a Class LL medal Tuesday by placing sixth with 421.10 points. Trumbull’s Josh Salem finished in 12th place at 363.15 points. Staples’ Brayden Klein was 17th with 287.70 points while Norwalk-McMahon’s Quint Bartush was 19th at 280.95.
Other area finishers included Newtown’s Kyle Gaynor (9th, 407.75) and Fairfield Prep’s Richard Kral (20th, 272.55).
Host Hamden had a trio of future standouts in junior Jay Desroches (15th, 303.35), sophomore Terrance Boyd-Nordstrom (18th, 285.85) and freshman Jonah Heiser (21st, 253.50).
CAN BRADLEY COMPLETE THE TRIFECTA?
Bradley will once again battle Darien and New Canaan High divers along with the rest of the best divers in Connecticut at next week’s State Open diving championship.
“It will be fun to see all the FCIAC guys again,” said Bradley, looking regal with another gold medal around his neck. “All day long, I envisioned the dives in my head. I felt I performed to the best of my ability tonight. I stayed calm and warm. This was the coldest pool I’ve ever dove at.”
CLASS LL DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP
At Hamden HS pool.
1, Kevin Bradley (Norwalk-McMahon) 572.10 points; 2, Devon Satir (Greenwich) 537.95; 3, Ethan Godfrey (Glastonbury) 450.85; 4, Sergei Shaw (Greenwich) 447.95; 5, Nicholas Jefferson (Glastonbury) 428.85; 6, Caitlin Inall (Ridgefield) 421.10.
7, Joel Satir (Greenwich) 409.55; 8, Chase Galayda (Southington) 409.40; 9, Kyle Gaynor (Newtown) 407.75; 10, Jason Bagdasarian (Glastonbury) 398.95; 11, Michael McNulty (Greenwich) 370.90; 12, Josh Salem (Trumbull) 363.15; 13, Jaylon Nixon (Platt/Maloney) 319.05; 14, Emerson Suski (Southington) 316.60.
15, Jay Desroches (Hamden) 303.35; 16, Noah Duncan (Cheshire) 300.05; 17, Brayden Klein (Staples) 287.70; 18, Terrance Boyd—Nordstrom (Hamden) 285.85; 19, Quint Bartush (Norwalk-McMahon) 280.95; 20, Richard Kral (Fairfield Prep) 272.55; 21, Jonah Heiser (Hamden) 253.50.
22, Briana Montoya-Medina (Crosby/Waterbury Career) 252.75; 23, Kian Siadat (Southington) 245.60; 24, Megan Romaniello (Crosby/Waterbury Career) 225.35.
25, John Howard (Fair. Prep) 161.15; 26, Ben Ragozzine (Southington) 158.55; 27, Sebastian Rutkowski (Bristol Co-op) 148.90; 28, David Tilton (Norwalk-McMahon) 135.70. Field cut to 24 after eight rounds.