March 15, 2003
OXFORD, Ohio - Freshman Carrie McCambridge posted high scores off all three boards this weekend at the NCAA Central Regional Zone Meet; however, the Ohio native finished just a few places short of qualifying for the NCAA Diving Championships.
The Boilermaker rookie started the day competing off the 1-meter springboard, where she established a personal-best score of 482.80 and placed 12th overall. McCambridge easily survived the cut after scoring a mark of 236.40 in the first round, and then collected 246.40 more points in the finals.
In the platform diving session, McCambridge again scored high (346.65), but her sixth place finish could not advance her to next weekend's championships. The rookie likely would have had to place among the top-three in order to move on.
The 'C' Zone, which Purdue competes in, is allocated just nine of the 41 open slots for the NCAA Diving Championships. Each zone (A through E) 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.
"I thought all our divers were effective this weekend, and I'm satisfied with everyone's results," said Purdue diving coach Wenbo Chen. "It's too bad that no one will get to participate at the NCAA Championships, but I'm sure we'll get a few there next season."
Friday, McCambridge scored a fifth-place mark of 458.95 off the 3-meter board, which was just a few points shy of her career best mark of 463.40 (Big Ten Championships).
Indiana's Sara Hildebrand earned top-honors in Saturday's 1-meter competition, posting a score of 585.15. Iowa's Lisette Planken (583.55) and Notre Dame's Meghan Perry-Eaton (557.80) collected the dive's silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Both upperclassmen rebounded nicely off the platform, as Dougherty scored a ninth-place finish of 333.85. Bachman placed 17th, compiling a mark of 283.45
On the men's side, Clayton Davis made up for Friday's rough outing in the 1-meter, by finishing with a 14th-place score of 416.95 off the 3-meter springboard.
The Hawkeye's Timo Klami placed first off the 3-meter with a score of 550.70. He was joined on the medal stand by Indiana's Marc Carlton (538.00) and Ryan Fagan (520.10).
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.