March 12, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Junior Kelsey Goodman is headed for her first career NCAA Championships after placing second on 1-meter at the NCAA Zone B Qualifier. Goodman tallied a total of 596.95 points over 12 dives in order to secure an automatic qualifying spot.
"Kelsey was really tough today," head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said "From wire to wire, she put it together and she did it at the most important part of the season. I knew she could do it but sometimes you just need a little experience and it paid off."
After prelims, Goodman was in third place with a total of 296.40 in a tight battle between eight divers.
Goodman started off solid on her first dive in finals before scoring big on her next two dives- a forward two-and-a-half somersault pike and a reverse one-and-one-half somersault pike, tallying over 100 points between the two dives.
At this point in the competition, Goodman had joined the leader to battle it out for the title. The Moultrie, Ga. native received marks of seven-and-a-half on her final two dives. She was just two points shy of the win.
Her teammate, Ariel Rittenhouse placed seventh with a total of 576.35 and was only eight points shy of fourth place - an automatic qualifying spot.
"Ariel did good job today," Jeffrey said. "It was just a few points but she was so solid and she was very consistent today. I was very proud of her effort and her attitude and she really did give it her best shot."
The men competed on 3-meter today as Tom Neubacher took 13th place with a score of 641.40, just ahead of Nick Klein in 14th with a total of 639.60. Mikey Lewark placed 25th at 268.90.
"The guys were a little flat today," Jeffrey said "Nick made finals for the first time on three meter, but he wasn't as sharp as he was on 1-meter. I think since it could be his last diving event of his career, he will be focused and ready to bring his `A' game tomorrow. Mikey wasn't on his game today, but he will have it for tomorrow. I'm looking forward to see what these guys can do on platform."
Neubacher, Lewark and Klein will dive platform starting tomorrow at 11 a.m. One final spot to the NCAA Championships is up for grabs. All sessions will have live scoring and live streaming. Streaming links will be available prior to the start of the event. Check back to Seminoles.com, Facebook and Twitter for more information.
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