March 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Purdue divers Casey Matthews and Jamie Bissett are headed back to the NCAA Championships after finishing first and second, respectively, in their springboard events on the opening day of the Zone C Diving Championships Thursday afternoon.
Matthews followed up her Big Ten title in women's 1-meter diving by winning the same event Thursday with a combined score of 616.20 over the two rounds of competition. She set up her victory with a top score (313.85) in the preliminary round. Forty-five women's divers competed Thursday. The top three finishers qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Bissett was the runner-up from the 3-meter springboard among a field of 42 men's divers. He took second to Indiana's Darian Schmidt. At the Big Ten Championships last month, Schmidt and Bissett also finished one-two from the 3-meter springboard. Bissett had a combined score of 743.65 over the two rounds, highlighted by a mark of 400.70 in the finals. The top three finishers also qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Matthews has earned a berth at the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in her career. She has garnered five All-America honors as a Boilermaker, highlighted by her 3-meter national title last season. Bissett was an Honorable Mention All-American in platform diving last year, but is now focusing on strictly the springboard events.
Rogers took eighth in the men's 3-meter competition after a strong list score of 374.05 in the finals. But with the scores carrying over from prelims to finals, he had to make up too much ground after posting a 299.55 in the prelims.
Cabassol was in fourth place entering the women's 1-meter finals but was unable to duplicate her prelim round score (295.35) and slipped to eighth overall.
Dunnichay placed 14th from the 1-meter and Back 16th from the 3-meter. The top 18 in the preliminaries advanced to the finals.
Action continues at 1 p.m. Friday with men's 1-meter and women's 3-meter. Both genders will compete from the platform towers Saturday.
NCAA Zone C Diving Championships
Day One Qualifiers for NCAA Championships
Women's 1-Meter (Top 3 Finishers)
Casey Matthews, Purdue
Wenting Zhang, Illinois State
Kaixuan Zhang, Southern Illinois
Men's 3-Meter (Top 3 Finishers)
Darian Schmidt, Indiana
Jamie Bissett, Purdue
Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky
Purdue Divers in Women's 1-Meter
Casey Matthews, 616.20 - Finished 1st in Finals (302.35 Finals, 313.85 Prelims)
Michelle Cabassol, 562.95 - Finished 10th in Finals (267.6 Finals, 295.35 Prelims)
Mary Beth Dunnichay, 538.85 - Finished 14th in Finals (270.25 Finals, 268.60 Prelims)
MacKenzie Tweardy, 252.35 - Finished 21st in Prelims
Purdue Divers in Men's 3-Meter
Jamie Bissett, 743.65 - Finished 2nd in Finals (400.70 Finals, 342.95 Prelims)
Layne Rogers, 673.60 - Finished 8th in Finals (374.05 Finals, 299.55 Prelims)
Alec Back, 604.15 - Finished 16th in Finals (315.70 Finals, 288.45 Prelims)
Sean Mokhtari, 245.05 - Finished 34th in Prelims
Nate Cox, 231.70 - Finished 37th in Prelims