March 15, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford qualified three more divers for the NCAA Championships on the second day of the 2002 NCAA Zone E Diving Meet at the Maas Family Diving Center on Friday. Adam Peterson became the first Stanford men's diver to qualify for the NCAA's since David Johns in 1996, while Kim Powers and Alexis Sowa earned spots in the NCAA's on the women's side.
Arizona's Omar Ojeda and USC's Blythe Hartley won the men's 1-meter events and women's 3-meter, respectively. Ojeda and Hartley have both swept their respective events in the first two days of competition as Ojeda captured the men's 3-meter and Hartley won the women's 1-meter on the opening day of the meet Thursday. Ojeda scored 337.20 points in the 1-meter on Friday, while Hartley tallied 556.35 in the 3-meter.
Peterson finished third in the men's 1-meter on Friday with 312.85 points.
Powers (471.20) and Sowa (469.60) finished fourth and fifth in the women's 3-meter on Friday to join first day Stanford qualifiers Erica Sorgi and Ashlee Rosenthal on the women's side. Sowa earned her first trip to the NCAA's with a career-best point total.
After the first two days of competition, 11 divers have qualified for the NCAA Championships (four men, seven women).
The current men's qualifiers are Ojeda, Justin Wilcock (BYU), Joshua Anderson (Arizona) and Peterson. Wilcock earned the NCAA's spot with a second-place finish (553.10) in the men's 3-meter on Thursday. Anderson, who finished second (324.40) in the men's 1-meter on Friday, was already an automatic qualifier after finishing third (521.30) in the men's 3-meter on Thursday.
The seven women's NCAA qualifiers are Hartley, Sorgi, Rosenthal, Heidi Prosser (UCLA), Powers, Dominica Fusaro (USC) and Sowa. Prosser earned the NCAA spot with a third-place finish (478.55) in the women's 3-meter on Friday, while Fusaro was rewarded for a fourth-place finish (263.60) in the women's 1-meter on Thursday.
There are still two open spots for the NCAA's on both the men's and women's sides that will be determined after the platform competition on Saturday.
Rosenthal was Stanford's top finisher on Friday, taking second in the women's 3-meter with 480.25 points. Sorgi (6th, 467.20), McKenze Murphy (10th, 450.65) and Lauren Donovan (13th, 433.10) also competed for the Cardinal.
The 2002 NCAA Zone E Diving Meet concludes with separate platform competitions for the women and men on Saturday (11:00 a.m.).