Cal Women Dive at NCAA Zone E Meet in Texas This Week

March 10, 2010

This Week
California sophomore Molly Hayes and freshman Kelsey Heiken will compete at the NCAA Zone E Diving Qualifying Meet held from Thursday through Saturday, March 11-13, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas. The Golden Bears are attempting to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Women's Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. The Bears will dive in both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events in Austin. Neither will compete on the platform.

Air Force is the host of the Zone E Meet.

NCAA Zone E Diving Championships
Results from the Zone E meet will be available at

The schedule for the meet, which includes a men's competition, follows:

Thursday, March 11
Women's 1m Prelims - 12-2:30 p.m. (CT)
Women's 1m Finals - 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Men's 3m Prelims - 12-1:30 p.m.
Men's 3m Finals - 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Friday, March 12
Men's 1m Prelims - 12-1:30 p.m.
Men's 1m Finals - 1:45-2:45 p.m.
Women's 3m Prelims - 12-2:30 p.m.
Women's 3m Finals - 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 13
Women's Platform - 11:30 a.m.-1:05 p.m.
Men's Platform - 2:35-4:20 p.m.

The list of all the divers competing at the Zone E Meet is available at this site

Scouting the Golden Bears
The young Bears have had a strong season under first-year diving coach Ben Herdt. In the divers' first competition this season, Hayes won the one-meter springboard with a score of 257.33 in a dual-meet win over Fresno State on Nov. 5 at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley. In her first collegiate meet, Heiken posted a score of 262.58 to win the three-meter springboard against the Bulldogs.

Over the following two days, Heiken shone in the Trojan Diving Invitational in Los Angeles. The San Clemente, Calif., product reached both springboard finals, taking fourth place on the one-meter board with a score of 253.75 and eighth place at three meters with a score of 251.00.

Hayes had a big impact in Cal's dual-meet upset win over then-No. 2 Arizona, winning both springboards against the Wildcats. The Livermore, Calif., native recorded a score of 258.63 at one meter and a score of 259.88 at three meters.

At the 2010 Pac-10 Diving Championships, Hayes produced Cal's highest finish, taking fifth place in the one-meter final with a score of 279.90. Heiken took eighth place in the three-meter final with a score of 282.90.

Cal coach Ben Herdt
Ben Herdt, formerly the diving coach at Wyoming, was hired as the diving coach for both the Cal men's and women's programs in August of 2009. He earned the 2009 Mountain West Conference Diving Coach of the Year honor for both men and women in his final season with the Cowboys' and Cowgirls' programs. Herdt, who competed collegiately for Minnesota from 2000 to 2004, had worked at Wyoming since August of 2004.

A 2004 graduate of Minnesota, Herdt served as co-captain of the Golden Gophers as a senior during the 2003-04 season. He earned academic All-Big Ten accolades in his last two years at Minnesota.

Next Time
Cal competes in the 2010 NCAA Women's Division I Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Purdue from March 18-20 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

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