ATLANTA – University of Connecticut junior diver Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) is set to compete in two events at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held March 17-19 at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.
This is the second-straight year a UConn diver has qualified for the NCAA Championships and Butera will compete in the one and three-meter events.
The one-meter preliminaries get underway at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and the finals of the event will begin at 6 p.m. The three-meter competition takes place on Friday, starting at 12:15 p.m. with the preliminaries and finishing with the finals at 6 p.m.
The finals sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on ESPN3. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 for the women's championships.
Butera joins 50 other competitors at the NCAA Championships after placing sixth behind 586.60 points in the three-meter final at the NCAA Zone A Meet on March 8. By securing a top qualifying place on the three-meter board and recording a top-12 finish on the one-meter, Butera qualified to compete in both events at the championships.
“The competition at the NCAA Championships are just what you would expect in any sport,” diving coach John Bransfield said. “These are not only the best collegiate divers in the country, but many are foreign divers that compete on national teams for their home countries. There are also several athletes that will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in June. Alli needs to remain centered and confident. She’s made steady gains over the past three years and to will have to step up and put her best foot forward this week.”
The Havertown, Pa. native finished third in the one-meter final at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championships. Her performance earned her a spot on the All-Conference Team.
“Alli has taken ownership of her training this year,” Bransfield said. “While she’s had skids like everyone else in a long season, she is hitting her stride at the right time. She showed her determination at the conference championships after she fought back and improved her performance on the second day for a third-place finish. She had the same resilience at the Zone Meet when she came back to seal the deal on the second day and became a national qualifier.”
Check back on UConnHuskies.com for a complete recap of all the action from Thursday and Friday.