Nov. 18, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.-- Five All-Americans and five defending conference champions are slated to take part in the two-day University of Arizona Diving Invite starting on Saturday.
The meet, which closes out the Cardinal's fall schedule, features 10 teams: the Pac-10's Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State, the Mountain West's BYU, Air Force, UNLV and New Mexico as well as Northern Arizona, San Jose State and Wisconsin.
Four of the All-Americans hail from Stanford and Dr. Rich Schavone's club-- Dwight Dumais, Brent Eichenseer, Carmen Stellar and Meg Hostage. Arizona's Ben Grado has also been a part of the NCAA Championships.
In addition, five divers are defending conference champions in: BYU's Ron Morris (one-meter, MWC) and Ava Jackman (one-meter, BWC), Air Force's Kyle Van Valkenburg (platform, MWC) and Stanford's Dumais (one-meter, Pac-10) and Stellar (platform, Pac-10).
Grado has done battle with both Dumais and Eichenseer before, with the Stanford duo getting the best of Arizona's top diver. At last year's NCAA Championships, Dumais was eighth in the one-meter, while Grado was 15th. In the platform, Eichenseer was 13th and Grado was 16th. In addition, at the Zone E Championships, Dumais and Grado finished 1-2 in the one-meter.
Three men also did battle in the Zone's platform, as Eichenseer was third, Grado sixth and Morris 10th.
It will also be familiar territory for the women. At last year's women's Zone E Championships, Stellar's second place finish in the platform was ahead of Arizona's Ainsley Oliver (sixth) and ASU's Brittany Jumer (tenth). In the one-meter, Stellar and Hostage were 3-4, ahead of BYU's Tawni Jones (sixth), NAU's Taryn Harris (eighth) and Oliver (tenth). In the three-meter, Stellar, Hostage and Jones finished 4-5-6, while Oliver was ninth.
This season, Dumais has posted a career-best 427.80 in the three-meter dual meet with Hawaii and Stellar has set a personal-high in the one-meter (313.58), doing so against San Jose State. Hostage has also posted a career-high in the one-meter with a score of 306.90, also against the Spartans.
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