March 13, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -
Two more members of the Alabama Swimming and Diving teams earned a spot at the upcoming NCAA Championships on day one of the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships being held here in Knoxville, Tenn. at the Jones Center.
Junior Aaron Fleshner is the sixth member of the Crimson Tide men's team to earn an NCAA bid while freshman Carrie Dragland is the fourth member of the women's squad.
"We had a great first day," Alabama head coach Eric McIlquham said. "Both Aaron and Carrie have the potential to score some big points at the NCAA Championships, so it was important for them to have a strong showing here. Now we just have to keep it going and try to get some more folks to the championships."
A two-year All-American, Fleshner finished second off the one-meter board with a score of 725.65 to earn his third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. At the zone championships scores are determined by adding the preliminary and finals scores together. Sophomore Adam Booher finished 20th in preliminaries with a score of 282.80 points.
Dragland earned her first trip to the national championships with a second place finish off the three-meter board after scoring 655.40 points between prelims and finals. Sophomore Lauren Dunn finished 10th in finals with a combined score of 560.10. Junior Elizabeth Hughes was 21st and sophomore Olivia Covey was 37th in preliminaries with scores of 248.00 and 222.60 respectively.
There are 11 NCAA Championship berths for the men from Zone B and 10 for the women. The events are reversed on Saturday with the men taking to the three-meter while the women compete off the one-meter. On Sunday, both the men and women will compete off the platform.