Lobo Divers Head to AT&T National Championships

Aug. 13, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Diving Coach Abel Sanchez and three of his divers head to Greensboro, N.C. today with hopes of returning back to the Duke City with a title of National Champion.

Sanchez and current divers Michole Timm and Megan Harper, as well as former Lobo and All-American Ashlee Erickson will participate in the AT&T National Championships, which begins tomorrow, Aug. 14th and continues through the 19th.

Back in July, Sanchez and his squad of divers left quite the impression on the national diving scene when they participated in Zone D National Preliminary Championships in Mission Viejo, Calif. July 20-22.

Starting on day one, New Mexico sent all three of its divers on to the finals round, with each one finishing in the top ten during preliminaries. Timm placed tenth with a score of 236.05, with Harper and Erickson sitting at eighth and third with scores of 243.30 and 250.65, respectively.

The finals round, which saw the top five divers advancing to Nationals included Erickson and Timm who finished in second and third.

Day two was much of the same with Harper and Timm placing sixth and seventh in the preliminary round with scores of 224.95 and 222.40. Erickson squeezed herself into the finals with a score of 214.65 putting her in twelfth place. The finals round was a different story, however, as the Lobos to second, fourth and fifth place and moved on.

Timm and Erickson had one more go in them as they advanced on to finals as a synchronized pair off the 3-meter springboard with a final round score of 219.96.

"Getting three out of the top five spots in finals off the 1-meter board is such a huge deal," Sanchez said. "That was one of the best moments in New Mexico Diving, now we just have to go over there and put all of our training in play."

The field for the 1-meter springboard is comprised of 20 entries, the 3-meter field has 21 divers, and Timm and Erickson are one of 11 pairs for the 3-meter synchronized competition.

Warm-ups begin tomorrow through Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with competition commencing at 10:00 a.m. and running throughout the day, warm-ups begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday with competition starting at 1 p.m.

The 1-meter prelims and finals take place on Tuesday, the 3-meter competition is Wednesday and the 3-meter synchronized finals are Friday.