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Tom Mix, Published February 03 2014

Spartans' Coughlin having stellar season

Fargo - Fargo North junior Brady Coughlin has experienced plenty of success in his prep diving career.

The Spartans standout is the defending two-meter state champion and has earned all-state honors the last two seasons.

As the awards have piled up, Coughlin’s competitive drive has elevated.

Coughlin is averaging a six-dive score of 242.20 at dual meets this season and is scoring an average of 402.55 in 11-dive series.

“Before every dive, I always look up at the scoreboard and look at it as a chance to get up there and score well,” Coughlin said. “That is what I strive for.”

Through Monday, Coughlin’s best dual meet score was a 255.40 and his best 11-dive tally was a 433.55.

“Brady is a hard worker and has a lot of talent, but knows there is always room to improve,” North diving coach Emily Pascavis said. “He is never satisfied, which is admirable.”

Coughlin finished second at state as a freshman and took the championship last season scoring a 448.10.

“Brady is the kind of kid that makes diving fun to watch,” North swimming coach Richard Fisher said. “Even if you are not knowledgeable about diving you know what Brady is doing on the board is athletic.”

With a state title already in hand, Coughlin plans to remain a contender by becoming more innovative on the board.

“Really what I have been focusing on most this season is my new dives,” Coughlin said. “I want to bring some stuff people in North Dakota haven’t seen before.”

The Eastern Dakota Conference meet is set for March 1 at Fargo Davies and the state meet runs March 7-8 in Grand Forks.

Coughlin has competed the entire season with a right ankle injury.

“I made a lot of progress in the summer, but I injured my ankle and it sort of plateaued for a while,” Coughlin said. “I have been doing a lot of rehab, but it hasn’t impacted my competitions. It is more of an issue when I put in a lot of reps during practice.”

Joe Parrish owns both of North’s diving records. Parrish’s scores of 280.80 (six-dive) and 471.20 (11-dive) are posted in the Spartans pool giving Coughlin another benchmark to aspire to.

“I know that is something he is shooting for,” Fisher said. “That is a good goal for him to have.”

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