Calvin's Sarah Bradley Captures NCAA III Regional Diving Title - Punches Ticket to NCAA III Championships

Calvin's Sarah Bradley Captures NCAA III Regional Diving Title - Punches Ticket to NCAA III Championships

By John Leerar

GRAND RAPIDS - On Friday, day one of the NCAA III Regional diving meet was held in the Venema Aquatic Center on the campus of Calvin College. The first event held was the Women's one meter dive.

Sarah Bradley, a junior from Wheaton, Illinois, was the sole competitor for the Knights amongst 19 fellow divers.

With only one slip during her 6th dive, Sarah topped her competition, winning the event by 2.40 points with a final score of 432.35.

"I was pretty excited to dive at home", said Bradley. "It usually takes me awhile to get adjusted during warmups at a different pool, so it was nice to be able to be comfortable this time.

"After the 6th dive, I was devastated. I initially thought that there was no way back, but I managed to stay focused for the rest of the dives.

"I was really happy with myself after nailing that last dive to clinch it. I'm excited to go back to the national meet."

Calvin women's diving coach Aaron Paskvan was impressed with Bradley's resilience. "Today was a learning experience for Bradley", Paskvan said. "She missed pretty badly on the reverse 1 ½ pike, but then she showed tenacity and climbed her way back on top. That shows mental strength, and I'm very proud of her."

Bradley will be back in action on Saturday, diving off the 3 meter board.