Schmidt Qualifies for NCAA Championships
March 14, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana University junior diver Darian Schmidt has punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships, placing second on the 1-meter springboard at the NCAA Zone C Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.
Competition continues through Saturday. Nine men and women's divers will earn spots at the NCAA Championships. Tomorrow's action includes the women's 1-meter and the men's three meter. Both will compete on the platform Saturday.
Schmidt tallied 778.95 points through semifinals and finals on the 1-meter springboard. The top three finishers in today's event were guaranteed a spot at the NCAA meet, with Kentucky's Greg Ferrucci finishing first and Ohio State's Shane Miszkiel third.
Junior Emad Abdelatif placed fourth with a score of 752.00. Abdelatif has a good shot at earning a spot at NCAAs as either a top four finisher in tomorrow's 3-meter springboard competition, or should Schmidt, Ferrucci or Miszkiel finish in the top four tomorrow, Abdelatif would be in as he is currently 10th overall on the qualifying grid.
Senior Mick Dell'Orco was seventh (658.75), senior Casey Johnson 12th (637.60), junior Conor Murphy 17th (598.55) and sophomore George Andrews 18th (568.95). In prelims Bryce Ogden was 24th (276.25), and Andrew Hull 28th (271.10).
On the women's side, senior Amy Cozad was the top Hoosier finisher on the 3-meter, placing sixth with a score of 616.10. That places her 14th on the qualifying grid. Junior Kate Hillman was 17th (545.05) and Cassidy Kahn 38th (227.50).
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