Smith sixth in three-meter springboard at Zone D Diving Championships
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Senior diver Monica Maxwell (San Jose, Calif.) qualified for the NCAA Championships on Saturday at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium on the campus of Texas A&M University. Maxwell qualified by virtue of her performance on the one-meter springboard.
"Monica did a very good job today," Texas diving coach Matt Scoggin said. "The one-meter contest took two-and-a-half hours to complete and it was a very close event. The top six made the NCAA meet and she hung in there between four and seven all the way through the contest. She never gave up and she nailed her last couple dives to secure it. She has worked very hard from her freshman year through her senior year and is very excited."
Maxwell, the Big 12 Conference Diver of the Month in December and January, qualified for her first trip to the NCAA Championships by placing sixth on the one-meter springboard with a score of 502.40. Rosie Whiting of Texas A&M won the event with a score of 529.60, edging out Liz Pike of SMU who earned a score of 527.40 to take the runner-up finish. Anna Kiess from the University of Houston took home third (517.25).
Meanwhile, in the men's three-meter springboard, Texas freshman Brian Smith (Carrollton, Texas) placed sixth by posting a score of 465.05, and will look to earn a berth at the NCAA Championships in the platform, the meet's final event, on Sunday. Texas A&M's Eric Sehn, who won the one-meter dive on Friday, captured Saturday's three-meter title as well with a mark of 544.95. TCU's Kelly McCain and Texas A&M's David Kalec rounded out the top three with scores of 510.35 and 500.35, respectively.
"Brian competed well today," said Scoggin. "Aside from one small miss out of 11 dives, he did a great job."
The NCAA Zone D Diving Championships will conclude on Sunday with the women's platform competition at 11 a.m. and the men's platform event at 2:30 p.m.