ANNAPOLIS, Md. - University of Connecticut women’s junior diver Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) secured a spot in the 2016 NCAA Championships after placing sixth (586.80) in the three-meter final at Tuesday’s Zone A Meet. This is the second-straight year a UConn diver has qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Butera entered the finals of the event in sixth place with a score of 279.30. She averaged 5.86 points on her dives in the finals.
"Ali did a great job today," diving coach John Bransfield said. "I know she was disappointed yesterday, being so close in the one-meter event to making it. Today, she locked in and was steady and consistnt in both the prelims and finals."
By securing a top qualifying place on the three-meter board and notching a top-12 finish yesterday in the finals of the one-meter with seventh place, Butera will compete in both events at the NCAA Championships.
Senior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) joined Butera in the finals of the three-meter, posting 551.25 points to finish eighth overall. In the preliminary round, sophomore Monica Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) came in 22nd with a score of 237.55, while junior Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) placed 33rd behind 221.15 points.
On the men’s side, senior John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) tallied the 13th-best score in the preliminary round on the one-meter on 289.70 points, earning a spot in the finals, while sophomore Daniel Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) checked in at 24th (262.50). Brice completed the day by totaling 567.90 points to finish 14th overall.
"I'm proud of the way our divers competed at the meet this week," Bransfield said. "This is the sixth time in the past seven years that a UConn diver has made the NCAA Meet, and I'm quite proud to be a part of that vehicle. For any of the divers to make it through is a huge accomplishment and provides an exciting atmosphere on the pool deck."
Butera will now travel to Atlanta, Ga., the site of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The three-day event begins on March 7 at Georgia Tech.