March 10, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS-- Stanford freshman Stephanie Phipps finished third in her first career Zone E Regional Diving Championship, scoring a 629.25 in the three-meter, leading a group of six Stanford divers in the finals.
Brent Eichenseer was the top finisher on the men's side, scoring a 641.70, to finish seventh in the one-meter and leading a group of four Cardinal in back-to-back finishes from seventh to tenth. Taylor Sishc was eighth (622.05), followed by Dhruv Tyagi (611.25) and Noah Garcia (604.20).
In the finals, Phipps scored 58 points or better on three-straight dives. Her best was an average of 7.5's or better on a reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck (61.60 points). Phipps scored a majority of 7.0's or better from the seven judges throughout the six final dives.
Phipps was just .15 points out of second following the preliminary round (297.50), scoring 54.00 points on 7.0 and above on a forward 2 ½ somersault pike and then going higher, averaging 7.5's and above nd a score of 61.60 on a back 2 ½ somersault tuck.
Eichenseer's best dive in the finals were back to back forward somersault tucks, each a 58.50. He averaged 7.5's or above on this first dive, which featured 2 ½ somersaults, before the extra somersault led to 6.5's or better but still a 58.50 on the second dive.
Tyagi and Garcia had the Cardinal's top score, a 63.00. Tyagi closed out the finals with 7.0 or better on a reverse 1 ½ somersault with a twist, while Garcia scored his best on his third dive, a reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck.
Tyagi and Garcia joined Phipps as first time divers at the event.
Meg Hostage reached the finals as well in the three-meter, finishing 18th (525.60) after scoring the 13th-best preliminary score (270.20).
The regional diving championships, which pick eight men and six women for the NCAA Championships, runs through Saturday.
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