March 15, 2014
Site: Columbus, Ohio (McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion)
Event: NCAA Zone C Diving Championships
U-M Team Standing: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., March 20-22 -- at NCAA Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) of the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team earned a berth to the NCAA Championships with her platform diving performance Saturday (March 15) at the Zone C Diving Championships held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Chen, who took third in the platform with a score of 523.35 after 10 dives, is one of nine divers from Zone C who will be moving on to NCAAs. Her third-place finish is her best ever on any board at zones.
The junior competed in the finals on all three boards, adding a fifth-place finish on the one-meter springboard (582.20) on Thursday and 12th on the three-meter board (559.20) on Friday. She becomes the first U-M diver since Amanda Lohman in 2012 to qualify for the NCAA Championships, where she will compete on all three boards.
Sophomore Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) also made her way into the final sessions on all three boards, finishing 12th on platform, 13th on three-meter and 15th on one-meter.
Chen will join a contingent of Wolverines who will compete at the NCAA Championships beginning Thursday (March 20) in Minneapolis, Minn. The five swimmers selected for NCAAs are seniors Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) and Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) and sophomores Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge).
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
Platform Diving (Saturday, March 15) 1. Mackenzie Tweardy, Purdue 612.60 3. Carey Chen, U-M 523.35 8. Nicole Honey, U-M 442.80 10. Emily Boyd, U-M 416.25 12. Sarah Kamstra, U-M 388.35 13. Elena Ghormley, U-M 197.75 14. Brianna Maroukis, U-M 196.35 Three-meter Diving (Friday, March 14) 1. Kaixuan Zhang, Southern Illinois 709.90 12. Carey Chen, U-M 559.20 13. Sarah Kamstra, U-M 558.20 30. Emily Boyd, U-M 240.50 32. Nicole Honey, U-M 233.75 37. Elena Ghormley, U-M 209.90 One-meter Diving (Thursday, March 13) 1. Casey Matthews, Purdue 616.20 5. Carey Chen, U-M 582.20 15. Sarah Kamstra, U-M 534.95 28. Brianna Maroukis, U-M 239.15 32. Emily Boyd, U-M 234.55 35. Nicole Honey, U-M 228.80 37. Elena Ghormley, U-M 226.55
Q U O T E S
U-M Junior Carey Chen
On finding out she qualified for NCAAs ... "I didn't really believe my teammates when they told me. I am really overwhelmed."
On how she felt coming back from an injury that hampered her in 2012-13 ... "I was mostly focused on coming back and doing as well as I could. I wanted to redeem myself from last year. I feel so much better this year. I feel so much more prepared. I think the biggest difference is competing with my teammates. Being with my teammates this year really helped me prepare for this meet and for Big Tens."
On what moments with her teammates made the difference ... "When I see my teammates doing well, it really motivates me. Their spirit transfers over to me, and they are always supporting me and pushing me to do my best."
On what she focused on today ... "It was consistency. My goal was to be consistent and not miss any dives. That was my focus, just be calm."
On getting another opportunity to compete at Minnesota ..."I really like their pool and their boards. I am excited to be back there. I am excited to compete with the other divers who have qualified."
Contact: Michael Kasiborski