BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team captain finished her season strong Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. Rachel Rosenberg had two top-ten finishes against more than 90 competitors from all over New England and parts of the Mid-Atlantic, taking 10th on one meter and sixth on three meter. Following on her record-setting win on three meter at the 2012 Ivy League Championships two weeks ago, Rosenberg was the top Ivy League finisher on three meter this weekend. This meet was the last of the season for Rosenberg and likewise the last of her Yale diving career.
In Friday's one-meter preliminaries Rosenberg finished in 15th place with a score of 230.65 points. Her best dive was the last in the order, an inward 1½ somersault pike where she averaged a score of seven.
Going forward Rosenberg improved her standing in the field of 18 divers in the one-meter final, putting up an additional 253.10 points for a total of 483.75. This score put Rosenberg in 10th place, a marked improvement over last year where she finished 23rd in the preliminaries and did not move on to the finals. Her best dive this time around was again her inward 1½ somersault pike. Vermont's Kaylea Arnett won on one meter with a total score of 585.00 points. Rosenberg finished just behind Princeton's Christina Kirkwood (492.45) and in front of Harvard's Leslie Rea (480.30) to be the second-highest Ivy League finisher.
Saturday's three-meter preliminaries were again a step forward for Rosenberg. With a score of 287.05 she finished in sixth position, well within striking distance heading into the finals. Her highest-scoring dive in the prelims was her back 2½ somersault tuck with 54.60 points. Rosenberg's inward 2½ somersault tuck was also a boon to her score with over 50 points (52.65).
In the finals of the three-meter event Rosenberg maintained her sixth-place position, putting up an additional 276.20 points for a grand total of 563.25 points. This time Rosenberg's best dives were her back 2½ somersault tuck and her forward 2½ somersault pike. This is again an improvement over her performance at Zones last year where she put up 476.00 points for 14th place. UConn's Danielle Cecco repeats as the Zone A champion on three meter from last year with a score of 643.05.
This meet marks the end of the road for the Bulldog diving squad, but the swimmers still have one stop to make. Next weekend Alexandra Forrester will compete in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity