March 16, 2013
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
Event: NCAA Zone C Diving Championships (Day 3 of 3)
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat, March 21-23 -- at NCAA Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.), 11 a.m.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Sophomore Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) of the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team qualified for the finals from the platform today (Saturday, March 16) at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships in the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, eventually taking 12th place with a score of 448.10. Nazario's placement is the highest finish for a U-M diver during the three days of competition.
Junior Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) was the only other Wolverine competing from the platform. She finished in 17th place with a score of 207.50.
Following three days of competition at the Zone C Championships, no U-M divers will be advancing to the NCAA Championships.
U-M will, however, take a contingent of swimmers to the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for this upcoming Thursday through Saturday (March 21-23) in Indianapolis, Ind. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. each morning, with finals following at 6:30 p.m.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 3)
Platford Diving 1. Amy Cozad, Indiana 697.30 12. Marina Nazario, U-M 448.10 17. Erin Bridgewater, U-M 207.50
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Diving Coach KZ Li
On the takeaway from this season ... "We are young, we don't have any seniors, and we're still learning. It is good for this group of divers to get experience at a meet like the Zones. We are working toward next year. We all need to train and get our degree of difficulties higher. I'll keep pushing them. Next year, we are going to work harder for the team, and with our recruits we will continue strengthening our team."
On Marina Nazario's performance on the platform ... "I'm happy that Marina made the platform finals. For her, she was down a little lately, and we changed a little strategy, and some of it worked."
On Carey Chen returning to competition ... "It is good for the team for have her back, it brings the team together. It's good for her to keep getting the experience. It helps her build on her training for next year."
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423