Bulldogs End Season at Zone Diving Championships

Paige Meneses. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team had its final outing of the season Saturday at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships.  Sophomore Paige Meneses and junior Rachel Rosenberg competed against other divers from the region in the one- and three-meter events at the Naval Academy's LeJeune Hall.  This meet marks the end of the first season under the new leadership of Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Cristina Teuscher, as well as newly named assistant coach Toni Pullman and diving coach Chris Bergère.  This weekend's meet also marks the end of senior Annie Killian's tenure as team captain.

Friday afternoon Rosenberg took 12th in the six-dive preliminary of the three-meter event.  Rosenberg put up a score of 248.95, earning a spot in the finals and beating her score in the prelims from Zones last year by 15 points.  Meneses finished 22nd out of 48 competitors with a score of 226.05, just 3.55 points of 18th place and a spot in the finals.

Starting second in the diving order in the evening's three-meter finals, Rosenberg scored an additional 227.05 points to make for a total of 476.00 points and a 14th place finish.  Her highest-scoring dive was a reverse 2½ somersault tuck, netting her 44.80 points.  Danielle Cecco of UConn won with 614.25 points.

In the preliminaries of the one-meter on Saturday afternoon, Meneses placed 20th with a score of 210.70, again three and a half points out of 18th place and the finals.  Meneses averaged just over 35 points per dive, though her strongest was her back 1½ somersault pike, bringing in 37.95 points.  With 209.55 points Rosenberg was right behind her in 23rd place out of 47 total competitors.  UConn's Danielle Cecco again placed first in the prelims with 287.40 points and would go on to win the one-meter with 567.60 points over 12 total dives.

Despite their strong performances, neither diver will advance to the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held next week in Austin, Texas.  The Bulldogs finish the season with a record of 6-4, 5-2 in the Ivy League.  The Bulldogs also had a fifth place finish at the Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston University in November.  In December six swimmers represented the team at the 2010 AT&T Short Course National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.  All told Yale had three C final appearances, four B final appearances and two A final appearances at Short Course Nationals.  Most recently Yale took fifth at the Ivy Championships.  Junior Hayes Hyde claimed the Bulldogs' only win in the 200-yard butterfly, but the team had top three finishes in six additional swimming events, all five relays and the one-meter diving event.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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