AUBURN, Ala. – Senior diver Lauren LeRoy finished in the runner-up position from the three-meter board today at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala., marking her second No.2 placement of the meet. LeRoy qualified for the NCAA Championships yesterday with a second-place 563.45 total in the one-meter event. Since the Oshkosh, Wis., native already earned a spot at next week’s national championship meet, her performance today was not to determine her qualification status.
“Today was an ideal time for preparing for next week’s NCAA Championships,” head diving coach Dave Parrington said. “Lauren did very well in this competitive atmosphere.”
LeRoy entered the finals in the runner-up position with 307.10 points. She added another 318.75 in the finals to finish with a 625.85 total.
Senior Vicky Linnell tallied 213.70 points to finish in 36th. Junior Staley McCartney had a 208.10 score for 42nd place.
“It was not a very good day for them,” Parrington said. “Vicky was aggressive which was good, but couldn’t find her finishes. Staley just struggled. We are going to get back up and continue the aggressiveness we showed today in tomorrow’s platform competition.”
Georgia’s Hannah Moore won the three-meter event with a 647.95 total. Miami’s Brittany Viola was third (609.40). Viola won yesterday’s one-meter competition.
The meet, held at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center, will conclude tomorrow with the platform diving. The contest is slated to begin at 11 a.m. ET.
Auburn University is one of five schools hosting the NCAA Zone Diving Championships this weekend. Zone A is hosted by the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., Zone C is held at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Zone D is at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas and Zone E is hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy at Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The schools included in Zone B are: Alabama, Auburn, Campbell, College of Charleston, Clemson, Davidson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), New Orleans, North Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina State, North Florida, Old Dominion, Radford, Richmond, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky. Only 12 female divers from Zone B will qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The NCAA Championship meet will be held in Columbus, Ohio, March 20-22.