March 19, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior Becca Barras placed 23rd on the platform to end her New Mexico career today at the NCAA Championships hosted by Purdue University. Barras turned in a score of 346.40.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of Becca," head coach Abel Sanchez said. "She is the best diver to ever grace the boards at the University of New Mexico and in the Mountain West Conference. What Becca has done for the University will resinate for many life times. If we could retire jerseys like in basketball, Becca's bathing suit would be hanging from the rafters. I have told my divers from day one that they are Champions. Champions aren't people that win meets they are winners. Champions are people that carry themselves with dignity, respect others, have great sportsmanship, practice hard, compete hard and always give 120 percent of themselves. With a definition like that, Becca is not only a winner but also a true champion."
On Thursday, Barras became the University of New Mexico's first-ever women's diving All-American. Barras placed 15th with a score of 265.15 on the 1-meter springboard.
Barras also competed on the 3-meter board, finishing 19th after turning in a score of 457.20 points. She was just three points from a 16th-place finish and her second All-America honor.
Barras ends her collegiate career with several outstanding records in tow. She was recognized on the all-MWC first team thanks to her performances on the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform dives at the conference championship, where she brought home gold medals on the 1-meter board and platform and a silver medal on the 3-meter board. She was also awarded the Co-Diver of the Year award and Senior Recognition Award by the MWC.
Overall, Barras is a four-time all-conference performer on all three boards. She won the MWC Co-diver of the Year award twice. She won the MWC Diver of the Week award 16 times over her career, including four consecutive times this year. She has won the award more than any other athlete in any sport in the MWC's history.
"I know this will not be the last of Becca Barras," Sanchez said. "She is a citizen of Canada so those in Canada, watch out here she comes. And those elsewhere, beware, she is a force that has just begun."