Feb. 28, 2007
Tom Stebbins and a quartet of divers will travel to Oklahoma City, OK Thursday through Saturday for the NCAA Zone E Championships. This meet qualifies divers for the NCAA Swim and Dive Championships, held March 8-10 in Minneapolis, MN.
Seniors Sara Clark and Amanda Blong and sophomores Marisa Samaniego and Tess Schofield will vie for a spot at the National meet this weekend. All four are scheduled to compete on one-meter and three-meter, while Schofield will also compete on platform. The 3M competition will be held on Thursday beginning at 1:00 pm (PST), 1M on Friday at 8:30 am (PST) and tower on Saturday at 8:30 am (PST).
"We are really looking foward to the meet," said dive coach Tom Stebbins.."Our training has been great this year, and I feel like everything we've done has prepared us for this moment and the opportunities in front of us. I'm really looking forwad to seeing the kids compete. We want to build on the momentum we picked up at the Pac-10 Championships and we are really looking forward to putting as many people into NCAA's as possible so we can help the swim team place high."
There are 40 divers competing in Oklahoma. All of the divers will complete one dive list before a cut is made, which will then carry 18 divers over into a final. From there, a second dive list will be performed. After the completion of both dive lists, the top scores will be combined with the top four finishers on 1M and 3M, and the top two finishers on platform advancing to the NCAA meet.
"This meet isn't just about being very good and accurate, but it's about also being consistent," added Stebbins.
"Tess hasn't lost since November and she's diving really well right now. Both her and Marisa have been so good all year long. Amanda and Sara are right where they need to be and can pick up a couple of spots this weekend. There are 15 girls in the mix and you have to be good to make it past this meet, and I feel like we are."
These four hope to add to UCLA's number of competitors at the NCAA Championships, joining swimmers Katie Arnold, Jane Imagane, Katie Nelson, Anna Poteete, Nicolette Teo, Amy Thurman and Chiemi Yamamoto.