July 7, 2005
LONDON, Ont., Canada - Former Lobo Becca Barras has earned a spot on the Canadian National team, representing both Canada and the University of New Mexico at the 2005 World University Games. Barras is one of two Canadians selected to compete in the games held in Izmir, Turkey from Aug. 11-21.
Barras earned the berth with a terrific showing at the 2005 Summer Senior National Championships held June 2-5 in London, Ont. Barras, competing for the KWDC (Kitchener-Waterloo Diving Club) was one of 68 women entered in the competition. She placed ninth overall, competing on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. Barras finished seventh on the 1-meter board with 225.51 points and 3-meter board with a final score of 697.02.
"Becca is one of the most talented divers I have seen in a long time," UNM head diving coach and former Olympian Abel Sanchez said. "She's strong and graceful and knows how to compete. In my opinion, college has been a catalyst for Becca's diving career and its only the beginning. If she wants, I truly believe Becca can make it to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China."
The Canadian National Team is determined by a points scale. Each diver receives points for each event. Barras, earned seven points for the 1-meter and 3-meter boards for a total of 14 points. There are currently 15 divers listed on the national team according to its official website, www.diving.ca. According to Sanchez, Barras could earn the points necessary to solidify her spot on the national team at the World University Games.
In order to qualify for competition at the World University Games, Barras had to be one of the top two Canadians to compete at the National Championships and be enrolled at a University or college or have graduated within one year.
Barras qualified for Nationals with her scores at the NCAA Championships, where she placed 15th on the 1-meter to become UNM's first female diving All-American and just missed a second honor on the 3-meter, finishing 19th.