Women's Diving has strong showing at first day of NCAA Zone D competition
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Texas women's divers placed three in the top five of the 1-meter and the men put two in the top five off 3-meter during the first day of the NCAA Zone D diving competition hosted by Missouri in Colombia, Mo.
Freshman Kathryn Kelly (Longwood, Fla.) led the way for the Longhorns with a third-place finish, followed by junior Mary Yarrison (Springfield, Va.) in fourth (570.40) and sophomore Jessica Livingston (Houston, Texas) in fifth (553.65). Kelly recorded a total score of 574.75 points on the low board, just .65 away from Anna Kiess of Houston in second-place.
Also for the women, freshman Kara-Jayne Salamone (Cooper City, Fla.), who also qualified for the trip to the Zone meet finished seventh on the 1-meter with a score of 522.10.
For the men, junior Bailey Gao (Delta, British Columbia) placed third in the men's 3-meter finals with a score of 685.50 and sophomore Brian Smith (Carrollton, Texas) took fifth-place with a score of 579.90.
Qualification for the NCAA Championships is dependent on a diver's qualifying at the Zone meet. In this year's Zone D meet, there are five spots available on the men's side and six slots for women to earn an NCAA berth.
The competition begins again on Saturday when the men will dive from the low-board at 10 a.m. and the women will take to the 3-meter later in the day. Sunday will feature men's and women's platform diving, beginning at 10 a.m., with the women and finishing up with the men in the afternoon.