Diver McCambridge Places Fifth At NCAA Regional Zones

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Carrie McCambridge is closing in on qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Carrie McCambridge is closing in on qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

March 14, 2003

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OXFORD, Ohio. - Boilermaker diver Carrie McCambridge scored a fifth-place mark of 458.95 off the 3-meter board Friday afternoon at the NCAA Central Regional Diving Zones, being hosted by Miami University. The freshman's stellar performance was just a few points shy of her career best mark of 463.40, which was recorded at the Big Ten Championships.

McCambridge still needs to perform well off the 1-meter and platform boards Saturday in order to become the second Purdue diver in two years to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Kara Hajek-Gustafson, who claimed the 1-meter title at last season's zone meet, was also the first Boilermaker to qualify for the NCAAs since 1989.

The Iowa tandem of Lisette Planken and Nancilea Underwood stole the top-two positions, scoring marks of 474.10 and 472.35, respectively. However, McCambridge proved to be the state's top collegiate 3-meter diver, finishing ahead of the Notre Dame and Indiana opposition.

"Carrie performed exceptionally well today; I'm very pleased with her results," said Purdue diving coach Wenbo Chen. "Knowing how well she competes off the other boards, I think there's a really good chance she'll be at the NCAA Championships."

For McCambridge to advance to the NCAA Championships she'll have to finish among the meet's best divers since the Central Regional Zone is allocated just nine of 41 spots. Each zone receives a minimum of four spots for men and women with the guaranteed spots filling 20 of the 35 diving spots for men and 20 of 41 spots for women.

Also competing for Purdue on Friday were senior Heather Bachman, who placed 33rd off the 3-meter with a score of 200.05, and classmate Carrie Dougherty, who finished one place behind at 199.00. Clayton Davis, the Boilermakers' sole representative from the men's diving team, scored a mark of 219.05 off the 1-meter which placed him 21st.

McCambridge and her teammates start diving Saturday at 11 a.m. off the 1-meter board and then move onto the platform board at 4 p.m. Complete results of the NCAA Diving Zones can be accessed through Miami's official athletic web site at www.muredhawks.com.

The 2003 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships are being held at the University of Auburn starting Thursday, March 20. The men's championship meet takes place at the University of Texas beginning Thursday, March 27.

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