Bissett's Sixth-Place 3-Meter Finish Highlights Opening Day of Diving Zones

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Jamie Bissett was in the mix for NCAA berth on the opening day of Zones.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Jamie Bissett was in the mix for NCAA berth on the opening day of Zones.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

March 8, 2012


Thursday Results | Dive-by-Dive Scoring | Qualification Order

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman Jamie Bissett finished sixth among a field of 49 men's competitors on the 3-meter springboard, highlighting the opening of the Zone C Championships for the Purdue divers Thursday.

Bissett earned a cumulative score of 702.10 for the day. He moved up one spot in the finishing order after qualifying for the finals with a seventh-place showing in the preliminaries.

Sean Mokhtari also made the finals of the 3-meter springboard, placing 15th with a score of 603.35. The freshman was 18th in the prelims and moved up thanks to a season-best score of 313.50 in the finals.

Maddie Miskulin and MacKenzie Tweardy represented the Purdue women in the 1-meter springboard competition. Among the 61 competitors in the preliminaries, Miskulin was 29th with a score of 240.85 and Tweardy finished 33rd with a mark of 236.60.

Alec Back was 25th with a score of 280.80 and Nate Cox finished 38th with a mark of 255.05.

Six divers punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships Thursday: Indiana's Darian Schmidt and Zac Nees, Ohio State's Shane Miszkiel and Bianca Alvarez, Eastern Michigan's Kelly Hendricks and Notre Dame's Jennifer Chiang. Seven men's and seven women's divers will qualify for NCAAs this week in Bloomington.

Bissett's sixth-place finish is unlikely to be enough to earn him an NCAA berth unless Schmidt, Nees and Miszkiel were to also dominate the 1-meter and platform competitions the next two days. Kentucky's Greg Ferrucci and OSU's Christian Holstein finished fourth and fifth, respectively, Thursday and would be ahead of Bissett in the pecking order.

The men will compete from the 1-meter board and the women from the 3-meter board Friday. Day two action is slated to get underway at 1 p.m.