Popp, Hilde, Jenkins Earn NCAA Berths

March 5, 2007

USC seniors Michael Hilde and Kenny Jenkins and junior Kim Popp all qualified for the NCAA Championships at the three-day Zone E Regionals that wrapped up late on Saturday (March 3) in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the Oklahoma Community College.

Popp finished second on the platform with 513.85 to earn her spot at the NCAA Championships later this week in Minneapolis, Minn.

Hilde was third on the men's platform with 666.70 while Jenkins was fourth with 655.20. They will compete at the NCAA Men's Championships next week, also in Minneapolis.

Hilde, an All-American last year, will be making his fourth NCAA appearance while it will be the second each for Jenkins and Popp.

Ten women and nine men's divers qualified for the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships out of Zone E.

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