March 15, 2005

Loftus Headed to NCAA Championships

March 15, 2005

Senior diver Melanie Loftus (McLean, Va.) will be competing at the 2005 NCAA Diving Championships hosted by Purdue University this Thursday through Saturday.

Loftus, who competes in the one and three-meter events as well as platform, qualified for the 2005 championships with an outstanding performance at last weekend's Zone A event at Annapolis. She won the one-meter competition and set a school record by taking second from three meters with a 481.65, which automatically qualified her for this weekend's championships.

This will be the second NCAA Championships for Loftus who finished 17th in platform diving her freshman year. She is the only member of the Yale swimming & diving teams competing for a national title.

"I'm really looking forward to attending nationals because it is the most exciting meet I've ever attended. There is so much energy in the pool during every single event, so it's really hard not to get caught up and let the pressure affect your composure," said Loftus, who is coached by Ryan Moehnke. "This meet is definitely a test of your ability to focus. I'm really looking forward to diving side-by-side with some of the best divers in the world, and I feel so fortunate for the opportunity attend this caliber of a meet in my last season diving at Yale."