Grado Qualifies for NCAA's

March 14, 2010

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AUSTIN, Texas – University of Arizona diver Ben Grado punched his third consecutive ticket to the NCAA Championships as he placed among seven divers in the Zone E Trials this weekend.


After placing second in the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter, Grado was virtually assured of a spot among the top seven and only competed in the prelims of the platform event.  He placed 20th on the platform heights with a score of 198.10.


Among other UA divers, Andres Guerra was particularly strong on the platform, placing seventh overall with a score of 623.30.  Matt McCahill was 19th in prelims with a score of 202.05.  For the women, Ainsley Oliver was 13th in prelims with a score of 197.95.


With the addition of Grado to the NCAA roster, the No. 1- ranked Cats will take the maximum number of competitors to Columbus, Ohio.


Men’s NCAA Roster

--Jean Basson, Freestyle

--Jack Brown, Breast / IM

--Clark Burckle, Breast / IM

--Cory Chitwood, Back / IM

--Ben Grado, Diving

--Joel Greenshields, Freestyle

--Rob Iddiols, Freestyle

--Carl Mickelson, Breast

--Kevin Munsch, Breast

--Bryan O’Connor, Back / IM

--Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, Freestyle

--Jordan Slaughter, Fly

--Adam Small, Freestyle

--Jordan Smith, Freestyle

--Jake Tapp, Back / Free

--Austen Thompson, IM

--A.J. Tipton, Fly

--Marcus Titus, Breast


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