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.”
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.