March 12, 2008
Soon it will be time to say goodbye, but not yet. Senior diver Carrie Quinn hopes to make one last splash this weekend as she competes in the 2008 Zone E Diving Regional's in Oklahoma City, Okla. March 13-15. Quinn will be competing for a qualifying spot in the NCAA championships held in Columbus, Ohio March 20-22. The first event is the one-meter dive Friday, the three-meter dive Saturday, and the platform Sunday.
"I want to give it my all this weekend," said Quinn. "I don't want to hold back. I am going to approach it with a strong and positive attitude. As a fifth-year redshirt there was a different feel at conference knowing it was my last MWC meet. It was great to know that I finished strong and my hard work finally showed. It ended positively."
Last year Carrie was a few points shy of qualifying for the NCAA championships. According to diving coach Abel Sanchez, "Carrie has a great chance of qualifying. She is now a better diver who understands the game and how to get there."
Quinn was selected to the all-Mountain West Conference team for the fourth year in a row for her conference championship performances in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. She holds the top marks for the season in all three diving events. Quinn currently holds the second all-time mark on the 1-meter dive for UNM (479.05) as well as the third all-time marks for the 3-meter dive (469.85) and platform dive (336.45).
Her success appears in the pool as well as in the classroom. Quinn is currently completing her student teaching in a first-grade classroom at Eugene Field Elementary school while carrying a 3.4 GPA. After graduation she plans on teaching elementary education in a local school.
Having known Carrie for many years Coach Abel has no doubt the success she will have teaching in the classroom. "Having her on the pool deck coaching kids I have seen her as a phenomenal teacher who can touch and impact the kids. She is able to go to their level and make a connection bringing out special qualities kids may have."