BUFFALO, N.Y. - University of Connecticut women's junior diver Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) secured a spot in the 2015 NCAA Championships after placing second (627.95) in the 3-meter final at Monday's Zone A Meet. Urbanus becomes the first UConn diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships since former Connecticut standout Danielle Cecco accomplished the feat in 2013.
Urbanus shot up the leaderboard of the event after entering the finals in ninth place with a score of 293.85. She averaged 6.78 points on her dives in the finals and she sported an average of 55.68 points through each round.
"Taryn displayed grit and poise and I couldn't be happier for her," UConn swimming coach John Bransfield said.
UConn would go on to make history in the 3-meter, as a program-best four Huskies made the finals of the event. Sophomore Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) placed 11th with a score of 575.95, while Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) earned a 16th-place finish after totaling 543.65.
Freshman Monica Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) finished 18th (522.50) in the finals for a Husky team that led all programs on Monday with four finalists. Virginia Tech's Kelli Stockton won the event with a final score of 663.25.
"For our program to have all four women in the finals was something really special," Bransfield said.
On the men's side, junior John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) tallied the 30th-best score in the preliminary round of the 1-meter. He totaled 245.60 points, while Pittsburgh's Dominic Giordano won the finals of the event with a score of 667.10. Brice will have an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 3-meter event on Wednesday.
Urbanus, Butera and Marcello will also have a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 1-meter event when they return to action on Wednesday. The NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships take place later this month (March 19-21) in Greensboro, N.C., while the NCAA Men's Championships is set for March 26-28 in Iowa City, Iowa.