An elbow injury forced Cat (Cathleen) Badillo to retire from gymnastics four years ago.
The Legend senior decided to plunge into diving and was second in the Class 5A diving competition last season in the State Meet.
On Saturday (Jan. 19), Badillo will be one of 135 athletes honored at the National Girls and Women’s in Sports Day luncheon at Chaparral High School.
The luncheon is hosted by the Douglas County Educational Foundation and Douglas County School District to recognize young women who exhibit outstanding athletic accomplishments and character in the Douglas County Schools.
Ten girls from each middle school and five athletes from each Douglas County High school will be honored along with alumni and coaches at the seventh annual luncheon.
“There are a lot of accomplished athletes and students in our schools and so I was really surprised and honored,” said Badillo. “I didn’t realize what it was until I sat down in my classroom, read it and then I got really excited.”
Badillo, who lives in Elizabeth and transferred to Legend from St. Mary’s Academy where she finished high in the Class 4A state diving championships as a freshman and sophomore, hopes to start diving this month after being sidelined with a hip injury.
“I had to have surgery on my elbow and a lot of the girls in my gymnastics program tried diving,” explained Badillo. “So I tried diving and really didn’t like it at first because it was new and I had to go on my head which is a big no-no in gymnastics.
“I was like I’m going to be an athlete no matter what and I kept going at it and I turned out to really love it.”
Badillo believes she will quickly be able to regain her competitive edge once the okay is given to resume diving.
“I’m just sort of visualizing,” said Badillo who will dive for the University of Denver next season. “I go to all the practices and watch the girls dive to see what works and what doesn’t. Then I watch my coach correcting them and I figure out what they did wrong and what I should do.
“I’m not out there per say but mentally I’m pretending I’m doing dives. So physically I’m out of the sport but mentally, I’m not.”
The list of honorees for the Jan. 19th National Girls and Women’s in Sports Day luncheon at Chaparral High School is below. The program starts at 11 a.m.
David Callan, former Activities and Athletic Director for the Douglas County School District.
Rob Graham, Ponderosa volleyball coach
Renet Snow, Rock Canyon graduate, soccer player who is now a weekend anchor/reporter for KKCO 11 News in Grand Junction.
Laurie Tempel, Douglas County graduate, swimmer who is now a local doctor.
HIGH SCHOOL HONOREES
Castle View - Kristin Alfano, Catherine Dietrick, Krista Hickey, Brooke Knoll, Brittany Reiner.
Chaparral - Katrina Bacovcin, Hanna Barringer, Madison DeWinter, Annell Graves, Kenzi Kaplan Lopez.
Douglas County - Renee Craft, Sarah King, Corinne Schroeder, Kaila Stassi, Morgan Stepp.
Highlands Ranch - Kristin Conor, Shelby Hickey, Riley Odean, Kristiana Oslund, Rachel Szczepanski.
Legend - Allison Arnold, Cathleen Badillo, Jamie Bredahl, Madison Hunter, Tayler Yehnert.
Mountain Vista - Jessica Applehans, Laura Londono Pardo, Gabrielle Miranda, Rachel Obering, Karlee Schwartzkopf.
Ponderosa - Sara Culhane, Kari Keogh, Kelly Morton, Paige Runco, Brooke Thomann.
Rock Canyon - Nicole Cassou, Megan Cooney, Aimanehi Eichie, Shannon Lieber, Allison McCloskey.
ThunderRidge - Ginger Hamilton, Nikaela Hemminger, Claire Noser, Erika Roach, Brianna Throop.
MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOREES
Castle Rock Middle School - Corrin Campbell, Kaitlyn Cruz, Peyton Glinche, Ashley King, Katelyn Klos, Lauren Lowry, Morgan Orand, Rylie Pattison, Eden Stone, Tesa Woodman.
Cimarron Middle School - Cameron Bell, Lindsie Irvin Connelly, Whitney Jacob, Isabelle Lamanna, Brooke Luitjens, Molly McLeod, Zoe Mihalicz, Jesse Smith, Kayleigh Thompson, Laura Wysocki.
Cresthill Middle School - Allison Conor, Megan deGuzman, Cameron Droste, Brittney Kerr, Megan Koch, Jennifer Lacroix, Kailey Lusher, McKenna Moyer, Kylee Nelson, Luiza Stones.
Mesa Middle School - Jordan Acosta, Victoria Bernabei, Megan Braband, Emma Brownsberger, Elyse Brueggermann, Erika Jordal, Riley Kelner, Aubrey Menzer, Mackenzie Pedersen, Madison Woodall.
Mountain Ridge Middle School - Emma Campbell, Allison Chipman, Tara Minatta, Bryanna Pulling, Abby Severance, Andie Srdoc, Deirdre Thornton, Shelby Unruh, Catherine Vitella, Rebecca Walton.
Ranch View Middle School - Anne Borelli, Annie Cutler, Jordan Husak Jones, Gabrielle Knopp, Victoria Schmidt, Nichole Sobeck, Maryanne Trizna, Blaire Whiting, Jacquelyn Woodward.
Rocky Heights Middle School - Isabella Dempsey, Synnove Herrin, Taylor Just, Keeley Kenton Davis, Julia King, Charmaine Larsen, Krystal Malmgren, Hannah Philip, Bailee Stones, Isabel Yarwood Perez.
Sagewood Middle School - Sarah Bausano, Carley Bennett, Kendal Boyum, Ashleigh Ellis, Madison Gabel, Alexandra Lederer, Madison Smith, Kendall Wehrer, Sarah Wilhelm, Lacey Zadr.
Sierra Middle School - Taylor Budnak, Addison Burgess, Jacquelin Closs, MaKenna Davis, Ashley Diefenbach, Gabrielle Garcia, Alexandra Lehman, Sydney Matthews, Chloe Pisciotta, Morgan Speicher.