Blong & Clark Finish 3rd on 3M Synchro at U.S. Diving Nationals

Aug. 7, 2006

Seniors Amanda Blong and Sara Clark finished third in the three-meter synchro diving competition on Saturday on the final day of the U.S. Senior National Diving Championships in Indianapolis, IN. The duo scored 240.90 as the Bruins placed ninth on the women's side and 13th overall (combined men's and women's) in team points (33.0).

"It was a productive week," said Dive Coach Tom Stebbins. "Our future is very bright and the team is very ready for the break they will have in the coming weeks. I am looking forward to having everybody come back and get started again in September. We are in a position to have an excellent year."

Saturday's results wrapped up the four-day national meet which saw four Bruins compete - Blong, Clark, Marisa Samaniego and Tess Schofield.

During the meet, Blong qualified 12th (213.40) to the semifinal round on 1M and improved on her prelim score to finish 10th overall with a total of 228.05 points.

"This is Amanda's best finish at a Senior National Meet," said Stebbins. "I think she is on her way back from a tough (injury filled) winter and look forward to seeing her and Sara (Clark) compete Saturday."

On platform, sophomore Schofield finished 15th overall (215.80) after finishing the prelim round in the 17th spot (210.40). She was strong and competed well but missed her fourth dive, causing her to miss the finals by 15 points.

"I am very proud of Tess and what she has done this year," added Stebbins. "I don't think her results are in line with her level of work. I am really looking forward to having her return to work in the fall."

Sophomore Samaniego was 17th on one-meter (191.10). She started strong and competed well but had a miss in the 4th round that kept her from qualifying for the semifinal. On three-meter, Samaniego placed 24th overall (204.81) and did not advance to the semifinal round.

"Misa had a great year," said Stebbins. "What is now part of her diving is the foundation we will build on for the coming years. I am really looking forward to seeing her continue to compete as a Bruin and am extremely optimistic in her ability to join the elite within our sport."


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