Chatfield diver scaling new heights

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By Dan Johnson

To dive on the highest level in college, Chatfield’s John Fox must go where most would choose not to.

Nah, he’s not joining the starship Enterprise or anything like that.

But, he is scaling heights, up to the tune of 10 meters.

It’s all in an effort to land a spot on a Division I swimming and diving team.

Fox sees his best opportunity to be a part of one of the country’s top programs is to tackle platform diving. Mastering the platform – or tower – dive is something Fox relishes.

“You’re definitely scared the first time you try it,” said Fox, who said schools such as Kentucky, Utah and Michigan have all shown interest. “But I’m real comfortable up there and know that it’s what I want to do at the next level.”

Fox has already had great success diving from smaller heights. This past spring, he placed second at the Class 5A state swimming and diving championships.

At the high school levels, divers take off from a 1-meter board.

As he prepares to enter his senior season, Fox only has one goal in mind – win state.

“It’s been my goal since seventh-grade,” Fox said. “I’ve been working really hard, practicing five and six days-a-week up to three hours a day.”

Fox began his diving career early, around the age of six.

“I was always jumping off of stuff and doing flips,” Fox said. “I tried it off a board and really liked being able to dive and flip into water.”

After diving for fun early on, Fox soon began to get serious about his newly-found sport. He started diving for the Mile High Dive Club, and by his freshman year at Chatfield, had a better sense for the talent he possessed.

In addition to competing in Colorado High School Activities Association-sanctioned events,

Fox also dives in AAU competitions and is a three-time AAU All-American, thanks to his strong performance in national-level events this summer.

“AAU is a lot more competitive than high school,” Fox said. “It’s a whole different world of diving. In all the national competitions, you’re going against the best of the best. It’s exciting to be a part of that.”

So, if you get the chance to meet Fox, don’t be surprised if he’s looking down at your feet.

From the heights he’s accustomed to working at, he’s used to looking down.