March 11, 2005
ATLANTA – Sophomore Tony Burkhardt made the finals of the men’s one-meter springboard and finished 18th with a score of 567.05 to lead the Georgia Tech divers at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships on Friday night in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
“It was a disappointing session,” said diving coach John Ames. “They have been diving better than that leading into the championships and maybe it was a case of nerves, especially for the freshman. We do have two more days of competition left, where we can improve on today’s performances. There are still some opportunities left to qualify for nationals.”
Freshman Evan Stowers finished 26th on the men’s one-meter board with score of 260.25 to round out the men’s competitors for Tech.
Freshman Stephanie England and junior Laurissa Prystaj competed for the Jackets on the women’s three-meter springboard. England tallied a score of 227.85 to finish in 33rd place, while Prystaj posted a 35th-place finish with a score of 221.95 in six dives.
Auburn’s Steve Segerlin won the men’s one-meter springboard with an overall score 714.30. Georgia’s Chris Colwill finished second with a score of 697.05, while Florida’s Zachary Wilcox finished third with a score of 696.75.
On the women’s three-meter board, South Carolina’s Lauren King captured first place with an overall score of 546.10. Miami’s Jenna Dreyer finished second with a score of 539.30 and Kentucky’s Jessica Thompson finished third with a final tally of 510.50.
The NCAA Zone Diving Championship meet qualifies 13 men and 11 women for the NCAA Championships. The diving meet will continue on Saturday with the women’s one-meter and men’s three meter springboard competitions.
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