March 11, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. - University of Connecticut sophomore diver Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) placed fifth in the 3-meter final on day two of the Zone A Diving Championships, which run from Monday through Wednesday this week in the Christiansburg Aquatic Center at Virginia Tech. John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) led the charge on the men's side, completing the 1-meter preliminaries with a score of 259.10 which was the 24th best mark.
Urbanus, who finished 12th in the 1-meter finals yesterday with a final score of 473.80, competed the 3-meter finals today with a score of 568.50. She scored 298.05 in the preliminary round held earlier in the day. Connecticut freshman Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) stood in 20th place after the preliminaries after scoring 240.20 points, while fellow freshman Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) accumulated 220.85 points in the preliminaries, which was the 30th best mark.
Brice competed in the 1-meter preliminaries, finishing with a score of 259.10 which was good for 24th place. Anthony Cortright (Wallingford, Conn.) also placed in the preliminaries, scoring 246.65 to finish in 30th place.
The championships are one of five meets around the county which give divers a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Zone A is made up of schools in the northeast, and last year over 30 schools and nine conferences took part in the meet. This week's championships feature three events, the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform, and the divers that finish in the top four in each event will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships.