COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State’s Chelsea Davis and Bianca Alvarez claimed the top two spots on the 3-meter springboard Friday at the 2008 NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
“I am so thrilled for Chelsea and Bianca,” Vince Panzano, head diving coach, said. “After a disappointing finish at the Big Ten championships, it is so great to see both come back and dive so well.”
Davis entered the final round on the 3-meter after finishing fifth in the preliminaries with 335.95 points. The junior from Columbus captured her first NCAA title with a score of 365.85.
“I am so happy to be here in this position, especially after Big Tens,” Davis said. “It is great to be able to show people what I can do here in the finals. And to win for Ohio State at home is awesome.”
Alvarez qualified for the finals after finishing second in the preliminaries with 339.65 points. In the final round, the freshman from Miami, Fla., edged out the third-place finisher by 1.35 points to take second by a score of 354.50 points.
“Seeing my teammate hit all her dives made me want to get up there with her,” Alvarez said. “It was an incredible experience.”
Freshman Kristen Asman earned her second Honorable Mention All-American award of the meet on the 3-meter. The Columbus native finished 16th with a score of 286.90 points.
Ohio State swimmer Samantha Cheverton, participating in her first NCAA Championships, represented the Buckeyes in the preliminary rounds earlier in the day. The freshman from Lachine, Ontario, just missed the school record in the 100-yard butterfly by less than a second when she finished in 55.19.
Asman will represent Ohio State Saturday in the platform event. Cheverton returns to the pool Saturday to compete in the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly.
The NCAA Championships continue on Saturday with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com or for purchase at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Live results also are available on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, March 21, 2008
Top 10 Team Standings: 1) Arizona 361; 2) Auburn 244; 3) Texas A&M 227; 4) Stanford 212; 5) California 203; 6) Florida 178; 7) Georgia 133; 8) Tennessee 120; 9) Indiana 110; 10) Washington 82; Michigan 82.
Friday Event Winners: 200 medley relay Arizona 1:35.29; 400 individual medley Julia Smit (Stanford) 4:02.41; 100 butterfly Christine Magnuson (Tennessee) 50.70; 200 freestyle Caroline Burckle (Florida) 1:43.10; 100 breaststroke Rebecca Soni (Southern Cal) 59.19; 100 backstroke Gemma Spoforth (Florida) 51.78; Three-meter diving Chelsea Davis (Ohio State) 365.82; 800 freestyle relay Arizona 6:58.69.