Coben Advances to NCAA Meet for Fourth Straight Year

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- University of Michigan men's diving senior Jason Coben (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown HS) qualified for nationals for the fourth straight year with his performance at the NCAA Zone C Diving Meet, held Friday through Sunday (March 12-14) at the Indiana University's Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.

Coben, NCAA platform diving co-champion in 2003, clinched his place at the 2004 NCAA Championships with a second-place finish in the three-meter springboard event on Friday and followed that performance by winning the one-meter event Saturday and placing second in the platform competition Sunday.

After scoring 528.95 for a runner-up finish in the three-meter event behind Iowa's Timo Klami (576.00), Coben responded with a first-place finish on the one-meter board with a score of 644.90, just edging Ohio State's Mitch Richeson (643.65). The U-M senior then wrapped up the three-day event with a second-place showing in the platform event with a score of 449.85, trailing only winner J.R. Hillis of Purdue (457.50).

A total of six male divers qualified for the NCAA Meet out of Zone C. Joining Coben at the national meet will be Klami, Indiana's Ryan Fagan, Hillis, Richeson and Ohio State's Kellen Harkness.

The NCAA Championships are set to take place on Thursday through Saturday, March 25-27, at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y., on Long Island.

Event Winners/U-M Finishers

One-Meter Diving (Friday)

 1. Timo Klami, Iowa 576.00 2. Jason Coben, U-M 528.95

One-Meter Diving (Saturday)

 1. Jason Coben, U-M 644.90

Platform Diving (Sunday)

 1. J.R. Hillis, Ohio State 457.50 2. Jason Coben, U-M 449.85

Contact: Gene Skidmore (734) 763-4423