Second Day Wraps Up at 2009 NCAA Zone E Diving Regionals
March 13, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas - Junior David Arlington (Eagle River, Alaska) led Air Force in the men's 3-meter dive on day two of the 2009 NCAA Zone E Diving Regionals, being held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, on the campus of the University of Texas.
Arlington registered a score of 279.90 in the preliminary round of the event to advance to the finals, before placing 14th with a score of 552.20. In addition, classmate Kyle Van Valkenburg (Tucson, Ariz.) also competed Friday, finishing 20th overall with a preliminary mark of 241.90.
Michele Benedetti of Arizona State captured the title in the men's 3-meter springboard, while Hawaii's Emma Friesen captured her second zone championship in as many days, winning the women's 1-meter event. Benedetti, the defending zone champion on 3-meters, registered a score of 807.95. Arizona's Ben Grado, who claimed second at 1-meter yesterday, was the runner-up on the men's 3-meter board with a mark of 761.55, while Dwight Dumais of Stanford, the 1-meter champion, finished third with a score of 759.55.
Friesen, the winner of yesterday's women's 3-meter event, added a title on the 1-meter springboard, registering a score of 591.40. USC's Victoria Ishimatsu, the third-place finisher at 3-meters, took second on the 1-meter board with a mark of 572.10, while Carmen Stellar of Stanford placed third (541.90).
The Zone E meet wraps up Saturday with the men's and women's platform events. At the conclusion of the meet, this year's NCAA qualifiers (six men and seven women) will be announced.