Purdue Trio Qualifies For U.S. Nationals

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Kara Cook qualified for the U.S. National Championships with a career-high platform score Sunday.
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Kara Cook qualified for the U.S. National Championships with a career-high platform score Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

July 11, 2010

Three Purdue women’s divers earned qualification into next month’s AT&T National Diving Championships while competing at the Zone C Preliminary meet this weekend in Minneapolis, Minn.

“The divers did a great job this week and got the job done,” head coach Adam Soldati said. “We now have a month to fine tune and prepare for nationals.”

Rising seniors Erin Mertz and Kara Cook each won an event this weekend on their way to the national meet, while freshman Maddie Miskulin took fifth in the first platform competition of her life.

Mertz kicked off the competition Friday by winning the 3-meter springboard with 292.00 points in the final. The Omaha, Neb., native also took top billing from the preliminary round, where she posted a score of 285.90 to better the second-place finisher by more than 29 points.

Cook earned her victory Sunday by earning a career-high 311.50 points from the platform. The Woodlands, Texas, native took the win by more than 24 points and bettered her previous career-best score of 311.00 from 2008 that ranks her fourth on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the event.

Miskulin finished fifth from the platform with 218.85 points. The Valparaiso, Ind., native, who redshirted the 2009-10 collegiate season, is set to make her first trip to the U.S. National Championships.

The qualification of Cook, Mertz and Miskulin means each Boilermaker diver on the 2010-11 roster is set to compete in the national championship meet, after David Boudia, Danny Cox, Casey Matthews, Jimmy Page and J.P. Perez all pre-qualified based on previous USA Diving meets. The AT&T National Diving Championships are set for August 10-15 in College Station, Texas.