Lobos complete first day at NCAA Diving Zones
March 8, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The UNM diving squad completed its first day of competition at NCAA Zones today with senior Ashlee Erickson coming in fourth place on the 1-meter springboard.
A total of 44 divers competed in the preliminary round, of those 44 the top 18 advanced to finals.
Erickson, the 2012 Mountain West Champion on both the 1- and 3-meter springboard, recorded a preliminary round score of 286.65, placing her fourth and advancing her onto finals. Erickson ended up finishing fourth overall behind divers from Southern Cal, Arizona and Arizona State with finals round score of 282.15
"As usual Gabby did fantastic today," said Diving Coach Abel Sanchez. "She really has been doing well this year and I'm proud of the progress she's made from freshman year, she's matured not only as a person but as an athlete."
As she currently stands, there is a 90% chance Erickson will advance onto nationals and represent New Mexico. If she accomplishes the feat, she will be the first Lobo to do so since All-American diver Becca Barras did so in 2005.
Sophomore Megan Harper turned in a score of 260.05 during the preliminary round, putting her in twelfth place heading into finals. Harper turned in a final round score of 256.95 for 13th place overall.
"Megan, like the other two girls performed well today," Sanchez said. "She had some good dives and I'm proud of the way she competed today."
Michole Timm just barely missed making finals after turning in a preliminary score of 246.35, putting her in 21st place and ending her day early.
"Michole did really well today considering that this was only her second full day back off the boards after being out for a week-and-a-half due to a concussion," Sanchez commented. "She started the day off really well and was actually in third place after the first couple of dives but she missed a few and ended up missing the cut."
The divers will resume competition tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. MT, with the preliminary and final rounds of the 3-meter springboard taking place.