Cody Engstrom admits he has had a way of following in his older brother's footsteps. In many respects, Broomfield's state championship diver cannot help it. His sport is a family passion.
Bryce Engstrom was one of the Eagles top divers, so it was inevitable his younger brother would one day follow his path in high school. But Cody took another step down the same route his older sibling blazed last week, committing to the same college program the elder Engstrom competed.
Engstrom signed his letter of intent to dive for Brigham Young University. And while his brother's career concluded the spring of 2012, the younger Engstrom was none the less influence to head to the Cougars by his older brother.
"I knew the moment he committed to Brigham Young (in 2004) that was where I wanted to go too," Cody Engstrom said.
The Broomfield senior is not exaggerating his eagerness to move his career to the foot of the Wasatch Mountains after high school. The one staple each year of Cody's athletic career has been the BYU diving camp. The clinic, along with his older brother on the team, has been of the keys to making inroads with the program.
"I've been able to develop a good relationship with (BYU diving coach) Keith Russell through the camp," he said.
Engstrom is the fourth NCAA Division I athlete Broomfield has signed off this fall and is the second member of the Eagles swimming and diving program. Swimmer Martin Wallace committed to the University of Missouri on the Nov. 14 early signing day.
Similar to Wallace, Engstrom believes getting the whole college commitment deal out of the way early should take a load off his shoulders come this spring's swim season. The diver won his first title in 2012, his first year of high school competition after living overseas with his family.
"It takes a lot off my plate," he said. "I want to defend my title, but I'm also looking to have fun in my final high school season."
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