March 11, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS-- Stanford's Meg Hostage and Stephanie Phipps both secured spots into next week's NCAA Championships following two days of diving at the Zone E Championships. On the men's side, a quartet of Cardinal finished in the top-15.
Hostage rebounded after a last place finish in Thursday's three-meter final, by finishing second in the one-meter with a score of 613.20. Phipps, who was third yesterday, qualified based on that result, finishing 29th on Friday (228.0).
On the men's side, Stanford placed all four divers in the top-15, the second-straight day the Cardinal quartet were in the finals. Brent Eichenseer led the way with a score of 744.55 for fifth, while freshman Dhruv Tyagi was seventh with a mark of 738.65. Noah Garcia (11th) and Taylor Sishc (13th) round out the Cardinal field as four of eight spots remain for the men's NCAA Championships.
Hostage after the second-best prelim score of 299.85 to eventual winner Victoria Ishimatsu (643.30), never scored lower than a 7.0 in any of the six dives in the finals. Her best round was a reverse 1 ½ somersault pike which scored 8.0 or better from six of the seven judges for 57.60 points.
Eichenseer had the fourth-best prelim score, carrying over a mark of 375.30, faultering on his first dive, averaging 5.0's, before hitting 6.5 or better the rest of the way. His best was a reverse 2 ½ somersault pike for 72.00 points, a score of 8.0's or better from all seven judges.
Tyagi was consistent throughout, never scoring below a 6.5, and hitting 8.0 or better on his final dive for 81.60 points on a reverse 1 ½ somersault with 3 ½ twists.
The regional diving championships, which pick eight men and six women for the NCAA Championships, runs through Saturday. Women's nationals starts March 17, men's nationals starts the week after.
Friday for Stanford
2. Hostage, 613.20
21. Rosenstock, 239.25 (prelims only)
29. Phipps, 228.0 (prelims only)
5. Eichenseer, 744.55
7. Tyagi, 738.65
11. Garcia, 667.40
13. Sishc, 639.10
Thursday for Stanford
3. Phipps, 629.25
18. Hostage, 525.60
22. Rosenstock, 249.75 (prelims only)
7. Eichenseer, 641.70
8. Sishc, 622.05
9. Tyagi, 611.25
10. Garcia, 604.20