Benedetti Places Ninth on 3-Meter at NCAA Championships

March 27, 2009

The Arizona State men's swimming and diving team is tied for 29th after day two of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Sun Devils have scored nine points. Auburn is currently in first.

Senior diver Micky Benedetti led the way for the Sun Devils. Benedetti finished ninth overall on the 3-meter with 426.80 points. His score in the consolation final was higher than four of the scores in the championship final, yet a low score in the preliminaries kept him out of the championship final.

'The diving is probably the best quality I have been to at NCAA's,' said 12th year diving coach Mark Bradshaw. 'He didn't dive very well yesterday and prelims today was better but he didn't do enough to get into the [championship] final. In the consolation final, he finally dove like himself. Hopefully he learns from today and can make the [championship] final of the platform tomorrow.'

Vinicius Waked made his NCAA debut. The Brazilian senior was just shy of qualifying for the consolation final, finishing 19th. Waked clocked in at 1:34.95, about two-tenths short of his personal best.

The NCAA Championships will wrap up tomorrow. Benedetti will take on the platform, an event in which he was runner-up in 2007, while Waked will compete in the 100 free.

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