Schofield and Samaniego Perform Well in Final Events at USA Spring Diving Nationals

April 24, 2007

Sophomores Tess Schofield and Marisa Samaniego wrapped up their competition at the USA Spring Diving National over the weekend as both performed well in the finals of their respective events.

Schofield finished ninth on the platform event with a score of 263.45.

'Tess did a great job of competing,' said dive coach Tom Stebbins. 'Her list was very sound. She made a small error on her third dive (the back armstand double) where her hand moved prior to the dive, but otherwise, Tess Was on track to PR in the event.

'Tess has had a great year. She really got it going last March and has steadily improved at every stage. She was very close today to really putting her list together. It is a great finale to an outstanding season.'

Samaniego finished 12th on the 3M board with a score of 236.10.

'Misa did a great job of competing,' added Stebbins. 'She was right in the thick of the contest through the third round and just missed her fourth dive (reverse two and on half).

'Misa has had a wonderful year. We are more certain than ever that she is close to moving into elite NCAA and US Diving status. We have some things that we will re-tool for the summer months that should help us significantly at this summer's nationals and next year's NCAA's.

'Tess and Marisa will now take a well deserved break. They have both represented the program in great fashion this year. We are all very proud of our Bruins!

Next up, Shannon Pirozzi will compete at the US Diving West Junior National Championships being held next weekend (4/27-29) in Mission Viejo, CA.

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