March 12, 2014
The University Aquatic Center welcomed some of the best collegiate divers in the nation this week as Minnesota hosts the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships.
Ninety-two divers took part in the three-day event, which qualified individuals into their respective NCAA Championship meets.
Wednesday's events included Men's and Women's Platform Diving.
Divers who have qualified for NCAA's from Zone D
Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships March 27-29 Austin, Texas
Michael Hixon (Texas)
David Bonuchi (Missouri)
Will Chandler (Texas)
Clark Thomas (Missouri)
Cory Bowersox (Texas)
Mark Anderson (Texas)
Matt Barnard (Minnesota)
Women's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships March 20-22 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Maren Taylor (Texas)
Maggie Keefer (Minnesota)
Lauren Reedy (Missouri)
Emma Ivory-Ganja (Texas)
Jessica Ramberg (Minnesota)
Cassie Weil (LSU)
Anna Filipcic (Nebraska-Lincoln)
Samantha Bromberg (Texas)
Taylor Olanski (Houston)
The Golden Gophers, guided by Head Diving Coach Wenbo Chen, qualified nine divers in this week's events (five women and four men).
Gopher Women's Platform
Senior McCrady finished 3rd in the event with a total of 610.75 points. Platform diving qualifiers for NCAAs only includes the first and second place finishers.
Katy Etterman finished 12th in platform diving with a total of 513.50 points. Her younger sister, Elizabeth, will be joining the diving team next year as a freshman.
Gopher Men's Platform
For men's platform diving, the Gophers sent four of four divers to the finals.
Freshman Matt Barnard finished 2nd in platform diving finals to advance to the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. He had a total of 823.97 points.
Manny Pollard finished in 4th place with a total of 798.16 points in platform diving.
Sophomore Dylan Zoe finished in 7th place with 694.89 points. Teammate Eric Larsen finished in 10th place with a final score of 674.68.
Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
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Gopher Athletics is saddened to learn that former assistant men's swimming and diving coach Steve Eckelkamp has passed away at his home on June 10, in Mount Juliet, Tenn.
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