Young Dives at NCAA Zone E Regional

Feb. 26, 2007

BERKELEY - California freshman Samantha Young will compete this week at the NCAA Zone E Regional Diving Championship March 1-3 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Hosted by the Air Force Academy and held at Oklahoma City Community College, the Regional will determine which divers from the West will qualify for the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships March 8-10 in Minneapolis, Minn.

As it is a men and women's meet, 11 men's institutions and 19 women's institutions will compete at the Oklahoma City Community College Pool.

The competition kicks off Thursday with men's one-meter diving, followed by women's three-meter diving. On Friday, women's one-meter diving is followed by men's three-meter diving. The regional concludes Saturday with platform diving.

NCAA Championship qualifiers will be announced at the conclusion of Saturday's events.

NCAA Zone E Regional Event Schedule

Thursday, March 1
Men's 1M - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST
Women's 3M - 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 2
Women's 1M - 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Men's 3M - 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 3
Women's Platform - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Men's Platform - 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Women's Institutions Participating (19):
Arizona State
Colorado State
New Mexico
Northern Arizona
San Diego State
San Jose State
UC Irvine

Davidson on Young
Cal first-year diving coach Tom Davidson had this to say about his freshman diver, Samantha Young:

'She's had a great freshman year so far. She came back after a rough first day at Pac-10s and had a solid meet there. She's fun to work with. It's been easy coaching her this year, especially for the year she's had. I look for her to continue to have a great year. The NCAA Zone meet is about consistency, and, with exceptions here and there, she's been fairly consistent all year long.'

Last Time Out:
Young Shines at Pac-10 Championships
Samantha Young recorded took fifth place on the one-meter springboard and sixth place on the platform at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, which was the first time in several years a Bear finished in the top 10 in any event at the conference meet, held in Federal Way, Wash.

After not reaching the three-meter springboard final on Feb. 9, the first day of the conference meet, Young, a Washington native, bounced back the next day with a score of 261.85 and her fifth-place finish in the one-meter final.

On Feb. 11, she performed in just her second collegiate platform competition and scored a lifetime- and Cal season-best 222.65 to take sixth place.

Dual-Meet Season Highlights
Samantha Young has had an outstanding first year, racking up the top score for the Bears in each diving event.

The product of Shoreline, Wash., had won every event (one- and three-meter boards) for the Bears prior to the Georgia Invitational. In Athens, she took second place on the one-meter springboard (267.80), fifth place on the platform (219.95) and ninth place on the three-meter board (235.50).

During the Pac-10 season, highlights included wins against Arizona (1 meter, 271.30) and against USC (1 meter, 272.02, and 3 meter, 289.35). She recorded a lifetime- and Cal season-best 306.83 in a second-place finish on the three-meter board against Arizona State.

To close the dual-meet season on Feb. 3, against Stanford, Young finished second on both the one- (lifetime- and Cal season-best 282.37) and three-meter (294.38) springboards to Cardinal senior All-American and eventual Pac-10 one- and three-meter champion Cassidy Krug. The latter beat Young with a score of 301.57 at one meter and barely edged Young, 298.05-294.38, at three meters.

'For Sam to place as close as she did at three meters and again at one meter is a great accomplishment for her,' Davidson said. 'Sam's numbers show she's going to be someone to watch out for this year and for many years.'

Vollmer Named Muscle-Milk Athlete of the Week
Sophomore swimmer Dana Vollmer was the first member of the Golden Bears swimming and diving teams to earn Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week recognition last week. In another week of strong performances by Cal athletes, Vollmer stood out with her performance at the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships. The Granbury, Texas, product, a U.S. Olympic gold medalist in 2004, was a part of five Pac-10 titles the previous weekend.

Vollmer won two individual titles (100 butterfly and a tie for first in the 50 free) and was also part of three relay victories (800-free relay, 400-medley relay and 400-free relay).

Looking Ahead:
Cal Swimmers Prepare for NCAA Championships
The Cal swimmers, possibly along with Young, next compete at the NCAA Championships, March 8-10 in Minneapolis, Minn. Last season, the Bears finished fourth overall, with two individual titles, at the national meet.

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