Ashlee Rosenthal Qualifies For NCAA's On First Day Of Zone E Meet

March 13, 2003

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Stanford's Ashlee Rosenthal automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships by finishing third in the women's three-meter competition on the first day of the 2003 NCAA Zone E Diving Meet at the Oklahoma City Community College Pool. Rosenthal scored a career-high 519.65 points to follow winner Blythe Hartley (570.15) and second-place Nicci Fusaro (529.30), both of USC.

The top eight women's divers at the Zone E Meet advance to the NCAA Championships to be held March 20-22 in Auburn, Alabama. The five remaining spots will be decided over the final two days of the Zone E Meet, which continues with the one-meter on Friday (12 pm, CT) and the platform Saturday (11 am, CT).

Rosenthal advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season. Last year, she earned All-American honors by placing 14th in the three-meter competition at the NCAA's.Stanford's McKenze Murphy took fourth with 485.05 points.

'It was a great accomplishment for Ashlee (Rosenthal) to qualify on the first day of the meet,' said Stanford head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone. 'We are hoping that McKenze (Murphy) and maybe even another diver can gain a spot in the NCAA's before this meet is over.'

Sara Bowling placed 14th for the Cardinal with a score of 431.25, while Michaela Skloven finished 23rd in the preliminary round (227.20).

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