ATLANTA - University of Connecticut junior diver Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) concluded her final day at the 2016 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.
The UConn standout competed in the three-meter event, finishing 46th in the preliminaries of the event with 254.70 points. Her total did not earn her a spot in the finals of the three-meter springboard, as Butera saw her impressive 2015-16 campaign come to an end.
Florida’s Kahlia Warner totaled the top score with 381.20 points in the preliminaries on Friday, while Nevada’s Sharae Zheng (367.10) and UCLA’s Mari Polyakova (347.40) rounded out the top three finishes.
On Thursday, Butera had her turn in the one-meter event, where she placed 34th behind a score of 260.95. She recorded a pair of top-10 finishes at the Zone A Meet to become the second-straight Husky to qualify for the NCAA Championships. She earned All-Conference honors in February after finishing third in the one-meter final at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championships.
“With it being Alli’s first time in the NCAA Championships, I have to give a little slack and be thankful to her for getting UConn to the meet,” diving coach John Bransfield said. “Although she didn’t compete at her best, I think her understanding of the sport and her skill level enhanced considerably by competing in this atmosphere. She is a very smart woman and I know she’ll work hard to be even better going forward.”
Friday’s performance marked the close of the 2015-16 season for the UConn women’s swimming and diving team. The Huskies finished with a record 1-3 in dual meets and placed eight members on the 2016 All-Conference Team. Connecticut also earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors in January.