March 3, 2007
Sophomore Tess Schofield hasn't lost a tower competition since November, and Saturday was no different as she won the platform event (524.45) at the NCAA Zone E Championships in Oklahoma City, OK to earn a spot at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships next week. Kim Popp from USC (513.85) placed second and Stanford's Shana Karp (472.55) was third.
"It wasn't always pretty, but it's really nice to see Tess not be at her best and still be able to pull of a win," said dive coach Tom Stebbins. "That's something we work hard on and she really held it together today. Tess was consistent and did a couple of great things and really stayed where she needed to stay to win.
"I couldn't be happier that the first 2/3 of our season long plan are complete," added Stebbins. "We set out last April with the intent of qualifying 3-4 people to this meet, but more importantly to maximize ourselves and our talent at the NCAA Championships. Our role to score as many points as possible at next week's championship is now a very real possibility. I couldn't be more excited to watch this group battle."
"Having FOUR divers at NCAA's is unheard of," said head coach Cyndi Gallagher. "I don't know if any other school qualified four divers. How awesome is that!?
"They are traveling back from Oklahoma later today and leave again on Tuesday morning to join us at NCAA's in Minneapolis. It is a good thing that they are not just great athletes, but outstanding STUDENT-athletes. We are looking forward to having another BIG diving and swimming team at NCAA's."