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A bright future

Moffat County High School diving coach develops program

Like most coaches, Moffat County High School diving coach Dave Fix wants to develop a strong program.

“If I can make a mini-dynasty or if it turns out to be a long-term dynasty,” he said, “I’d be elated.”

Fix is holding summer sessions for children in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, in hopes of building a strong foundation for the high school team.

“I felt we needed to build something up,” he said. “So when they come up to high school, we’re not starting from scratch.”

Fix, who was a diver in high school, coached his first year for the Bulldogs last year. He said the main thing he wanted in his summer sessions is to get people to try diving.

“I’m psyched,” he said. “I thought I’d only have one or two kids. So far, I have five or six who have really liked it.”

Getting over the fear of diving is one of the things Fix is trying to teach the young divers.

“With most of these kids, it’s a mental game,” he said. “That fear of smacking (the water). Once they get over that, they excel really quickly.”

Sarah Jenkins, 13, said she wanted to try diving because “it seemed like it would be fun.” She said when she first started, she was a “little scared,” but has now seen a lot of improvement.

“At first, it’s painful because your first time, you try a dive you do a belly flop,” she said. “But now, I am a lot better because I can go straight under, and I don’t hurt myself.”

Thirteen-year-old Tasha Romney said she tried diving because it was something different.

“It’s fun and challenging,” she said. “It’s something new that a lot of kids don’t have the opportunity to do.”

Fix has been amazed at how well all of the divers have done.

“If any of them stick to it, they’ll all do well in high school,” he said. “In diving, unless you have an extreme amount of talent, it’s tough to go to state in those four years.”

After going through the summer with the young divers, Fix said he sees a bright future for the Moffat County High School dive team.

“We always stick out as great swimmers in high school; now, we’re going to stick out as great divers,” he said. “I think the future is great for Craig in diving.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the Moffat County diving team this summer is encouraged to call Fix at 276-1224.