Falcons Conclude Competition at Air Force Diving Invitational
Jan. 31, 2009
USAFA, Colo. - Led by a pair of second-place finishers on Saturday, the Air Force men's and women's diving teams wrapped up competition at the Air Force Diving Invitational, being held in the Cadet Natatorium. Juniors Kyle Van Valkenburg (Tucson, Ariz.) and Chelsea Tompkins (Grand Junction, Colo.) placed second in the men's and women's platform dive, respectively.
Van Valkenburg registered a score of 288.70 to finish second behind Wyoming's Mark Murdock in the men's platform. David Arlington (Jr., Eagle River, Alaska) added a top-five finish for the Falcons, coming in fifth in the event with a mark of 219.45. Freshmen Jesse Bicknell (Westtown, N.Y.) and Cheyne Clark (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) followed in sixth and seventh place, respectively, while Nathaniel Gilbert (So., River Falls, Wis.) finished 11th.
Meanwhile, Tompkins was the top performer for the Air Force women, scoring a 222.90 in the platform to finish as the runner-up behind New Mexico's Aubrey Bush. Senior Ashleigh Peck (Beaver Falls, Pa.) placed 11th in the event for the Falcons, while freshman Lauren Shetley (St. Louis, Mo.) finished 13th.
Also held on Saturday were the men's 1-meter dive and the women's 3-meter dive. On the men's 1-meter springboard, Van Valkenburg was the top Air Force performer, leading a group of three Falcons in the top 10. His score of 278.25 was good for fourth place in the event. Arlington placed seventh with a mark of 262.95, while Bicknell took eighth place, scoring 255.65. Also competing for Air Force were Gilbert, finishing 11th, and Clark, who was 12th in the standings.
In the women's 3-meter springboard event, Shetley turned in the top Air Force performance, placing 18th with a mark of 231.90. Peck was right behind, finishing 19th with a score of 230.73, while Tompkins placed 24th in the event.
The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams will wrap up the regular season next weekend, Feb.7, as they host Wyoming in a conference dual. The meet is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Cadet Natatorium.