Chances are, if you know Averly Hobbs, that you’ll find the Chatfield Senior High junior somewhere near a pool. She’ll either be life guarding or, more likely, working on new dives.
The repetitive work on those dives, along with her working out in the gym, is why she has become one of Colorado’s better divers.
This past February, as a sophomore, Hobbs placed second in the 5A state high school diving championships with a 454.65 point total. Only Loveland senior Michal Bower scored higher with a 486.15 total.
Since then, Hobbs has only gotten better. One of 100 divers — only four from Colorado — to be named a high school All-American, Hobbs is diving this week at the USA Diving Junior National Championships in Minneapolis. In less than a week, she’ll be in Iowa City, Iowa, for the USA Senior Nationals.
“She is (getting better). We’re very proud of her. It’s been a lot of hard work this year,” Hobbs’ mother, Carrie, said. “There was a shoulder injury that kind of impacted her over the winter months and spring. She wasn’t sure is she’d be able to qualify.”
Hobbs admitted as much. It took a couple of months for the tendinitis in her shoulder to subside, but now it’s just a blip on the radar. Her shoulder is better now, and the 16-year-old’s diving hasn’t suffered in the least. If anything, Hobbs is getting better.
This week’s trip is her third at the Junior Nationals. Next week will be her first visit to Senior Nationals.
“My synchro partner and I are very excited to be going over,” Hobbs said.
That synchro partner is Castle Rock’s McKensi Austin, a Regis Jesuit High student and teammate of Hobbs with the Mile High Dive Club. Hobbs, who has been diving in club swimming for six years, had never tried springboard synchro diving before this year. But with Austin it worked out.
“Club diving is a lot more competitive than high school diving,” Hobbs said. “Not too many people know about club diving. High school diving, though, is fun. I like to get points for the team. Club diving is more of an individual sport.”
Hobbs qualified individually for Junior Nationals in the platform competition as well as the 3-meter and platform synchro divisions with Austin. She’ll be in the 3-meter springboard at Senior Nationals next week. Rest assured, no matter how she fares at both events she’s making a splash with her diving career.
Contact Michael Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.