UCLA at the Zone E Diving Championships: Day 1
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Sophomore diver Hannah Butler punched her ticket to the 2021 NCAA Championships on Monday after finishing fourth in 1-meter on the first day of the 2021 NCAA Zone E Diving Championships at the Wall Aquatic Center on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
Butler posted a final score of 545.55, logging a 290.45 in the preliminaries followed by a 265.00 in the finals. Sophomore Katie Shaheen also reached the 1M finals on Friday, placing 17th overall with a score of 494.45.
This marks the second consecutive year that Butler has qualified for NCAAs in 1M, as she was the sixth-place finisher last year at Zones before COVID-19 ultimately forced the cancellation of the NCAA Championships.
In addition, Butler's prelims score of 290.45 was just below her collegiate-best, falling short of her 290.55 at this year's Bruin Diving Invitational.
Butler becomes the eighth student-athlete of UCLA's NCAA-bound group, joining freshman Sam Baron (100 fly, 200 fly), sophomore Gabby Dang (100 fly), junior Claire Grover (50 free, 100 breast), junior Ella Kirschke (200 free), sophomores Sophia Kosturos and Brooke Schaffer, and junior Delaney Smith (relay alternates).
Butler and Shaheen take their second crack at NCAA qualification on Tuesday with the 3-meter competition at Zones. Prelims start at 10:30 a.m., followed by finals at approximately 12:50 p.m.
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