Four Divers Qualify for National Meet After Impressive Weekend in Pasadena

July 17, 2006

After an impressive weekend at the Senior Diving Zone D Championships in Pasadena, CA, the Bruin divers qualified four athletes for the National Championships held in August.

Sophomore Marisa Samaniego started the meet off strong with her third place finish on three-meter with a score of 233.80 (2nd in prelims/quarterfinals-241.30), qualifying her for the national meet. Seniors Amanda Blong and Sara Clark also performed well, competing in the finals after finishing in the top-12 in the prelims/quarterfinals. Clark ended the competition in seventh-place (219.30), while Blong was 10th (210.95). Sophomore Brittany Hill, also competing on three-meter, finished 24th overall with a score of 131.85.

Blong and Clark did qualify for the national meet in three-meter synchornized competition, as the duo placed second with a score of 200.34.

On Saturday, Samaniego, Blong and Clark each made the final on one-meter as two of three Bruins qualified for nationals on the 1M board. Samaniego posted the top prelim/quarterfinal score (228.15), but finished third (214.90) to fellow Bruin, Blong. Blong was third in the prelims/quarterfinals (209.50) and finished second overall with a score of 218.35. Clark moved up in the final, finishing fifth overall with a score of 200.30 after posting the 10th-best prelim/quarterfinal score (187.85).

Sophomore Tess Schofield, the sole competitor for the Bruins on platform, finished sixth overall with a score of 200.60. In the prelim/quarterfinal, Schofield posted a score of 206.10. Although she did not finish in the top-three, Schofield has already pre-qualified for the National meet and will compete in August.

'I'm really proud of our girls and how they competed this weekend,' said Dive Coach Tom Stebbins. 'We have a strong group of four heading to nationals and we really like where we are at in our training. Nationals should be a great meet for us.'

The Bruins also took home the women's team championship after outscoring all other teams competing. UCLA posted a total of 138 points, easily out-distancing crosstown rival, the Trojan Diving Club. In the combined standings (men and women), the Bruins finished second overall.

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