Starks Earns Second Straight NCAA Berth
March 14, 2009
USC sophomore Steven Starks' second-place performance on the platform at the NCAA Zone E Championships on Saturday (March 14) in Austin was good enough to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships, where he will join freshmen teammates Harrison Jones and Victoria Ishimatsu, who qualified earlier in the week.
Starks, who scored on platform at the NCAA Championships last year, took second at the Zone competition Saturday with 709.70 points. Jones, who was third on both 1- and 3-meter springboard earlier in the meet, was 14th on platform (492.20).
Ishimatsu, who finished second on 1-meter and third on 3-meter to earn her berth to the NCAAs, was third again on platform (456.95). Junior teammate Alexis Demond was seventh (421.80).
Freshman Michela Fossati (467.90) took 12th on 1-meter Friday.
The NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships are Thursday through Saturday (March 19-21) and the NCAA Men's Championships are scheduled for March 26-28, both at Texas A&M.