Swimming & diving recap: Greely concludes 2013 diving season for Rams at Zones

March 16, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Freshman Paige Greely well represented the Rams in Platform diving at the Diving Zone E Championships, Saturday at the Cadet Natatorium. Greely (174.90) finished 30th, a strong placement for an event she has only been able to practice during away meets.

“I thought she did a good job,” diving coach Kevin Witt said. “Her scores were not really high, but four out of the five dives were really good. She just made one mistake and that’s about it.”

Thursday the Seattle, Wash. native took the highest placement of any Ram at the three-day Zones in 3-meter diving. Greely placed 28th out of 49 athletes with a cumulative score of 260.25, passing over many athletes with double her experience. Ariana Milone and Maxelise Thorn also represented the rams in 1- and 3-meter springboards at the Zones.

“Overall Zones were good,” Witt said. “It was challenging and long with a lot of people here, but it was a good test and a good learning experience for everyone involved.”

Greely and fellow freshman Milone have anchored the team this season with their record-breaking performances and unwavering determination. Both athletes faced injuries at the beginning of the season, but have made huge contributions to the team since they’ve been back. Collectively the two hold nine of the top-10 scores in 1- and 3-meter springboards for the season. Milone is the second-highest scorer in Rams’ history in 3-meter. Greely ranks in the top-five athletes in CSU history in both 1-and 3-meter diving.

The young athletes have been refreshing additions to the team and promise a strong diving program in the seasons to come.

“I think it’s exciting to think about the future for the diving program. They learned a lot this year because of how long a season it has been.  They dealt with injuries, overcame a lot, learned a lot, and did well through it. It’s exciting for the future because they’ll just keep getting better,” Witt said.

Although the diving season has ended, the most important part of the season is about to begin for swimming star Breann Fuller. Fuller’s times in the 100 and 200 Backstroke events qualified her for the NCAA Championships.

The Championships will take place March 21-23 in Indianapolis, Ind. ESPN3.com will stream finals sessions on March 22 and 23, and ESPNU will air a 90-minute show at 6 p.m. MT on Wednesday, March 27.