March 14, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Sophomore diver Michole Timm made quite the splash at NCAA Zones earlier today as the native of Sauk Rapids, Minn., scored 322.20 points in the final round of diving, to place third off the 3-meter springboard and punch her tickets to the "Big Show". The sophomore will have the honor of representing New Mexico at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships March 21-23 in Indianapolis, Ind.
After rattling off a score of 318.80 in the preliminary round, which put her in fourth place, the sophomore dove phenomenally in the final round to move up one spot to third and claim her spot.
"Michole really stepped up to the plate today," said Diving Coach Abel Sanchez. "She was consistent all day long and now she's going to the Big Dance."
Timm qualifying to this year's NCAA Championships marks the second straight year that UNM will represented on the national scene.
Last year Ashlee Erickson qualified off the 1-meter after she placed fourth at Zones with a score of 282.15, and went on to All-American status after she placed 16th at the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with a final tally of 267.90.
Junior Megan Harper has a rough outing as she scored 277.00 in the preliminary round which put her in 19th place.
"It was a hard day for Megan, but tomorrow is a new day and she has another great board in front of her," Sanchez said. "We have the chance to be great tomorrow."
There are a total of five zones across the country with each zone usually sending the top three finishers off each board on to nationals. There is a unique method utilized to divide up the nine qualifying spots from each zone.
Up next for the two Lobos is the 1-meter springboard competition which begins tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.