ATLANTA - University of Connecticut diver Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) wrapped up day one of the 2016 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday after placing 34th in the preliminaries of the one-meter event at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.
Butera totaled a score of 260.95 points in the first diving event of the championships. Florida’s Kahlia Warner boasted the top score (329.60) in the preliminaries, while Miami (OH) diver Pei Lin (321.80) and Nevada’s Sharae Zheng (315.35) rounded out the top three.
Butera did not qualify for the finals of the event, though she will be back in action on Friday in the three-meter competition. The preliminaries are set for 12:15 p.m. and the finals will take place later that day at 6 p.m.
“I thought Alli did a pretty good job today,” diving coach John Bransfield said. “She came out assertive and at the halfway point was in position to make it through cuts. She got out of her groove on her fourth dive, which knocked her out of contention. Alli understands how things fell today and is in a good frame of mind as she gets ready for tomorrow.”
The Havertown, Pa. native is the second-straight Husky to compete in the NCAA Championships after teammate Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) qualified last year.
Check back at UConnHuskies.com for a full recap of Friday’s action.