Schofield Wins Platform on Final Day of NCAA Zone E Championships

March 3, 2007

Sophomore Tess Schofield hasn't lost a tower competition since November, and Saturday was no different as she won the platform event at the NCAA Zone E Championships in Oklahoma City, OK to earn a spot at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships next week. Kim Popp from USC placed second and Stanford's Shana Karp was third.

Complete scores will be posted later on.

Schofield's performance on Saturday brought UCLA's total number of diving entrants for the NCAA Championships to four, joining seniors Amanda Blong and Sara Clark, and sophomore Marisa Samaniego.

'It wasn't always pretty, but it's really nice to see Tess not be at her best and still be able to pull of a win,' said dive coach Tom Stebbins. 'That's something we work hard on and she really held it together today. Tess was consistent and did a couple of great things and really stayed where she needed to stay to win.

'I couldn't be happier that the first 2/3 of our season long plan are complete,' added Stebbins. 'We set out last April with the intent of qualifying 3-4 people to this meet, but more importantly to maximize ourselves and our talent at the NCAA Championships. Our role to score as many points as possible at next week's championship is now a very real possibility. I couldn't be more excited to watch this group battle.'

The quarter of divers join swimmers Katie Arnold, Jane Imagane, Katie Nelson, Anna Poteete, Nicolette Teo, Amy Thurman and Chiemi Yamamoto at next week's NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, MN.

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