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Clay Punches Her Ticket
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/13/2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Alex Clay became the first Stanford diver to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish in 1-meter diving at the NCAA Zone E Diving Meet on Thursday. USC’s Haley Ishimatsu won the first event of the three-day meet.

Clay finished with 577.95 points, just 2.25 behind Ishimatsu.

Stephanie Phipps (557.55) was fifth and Kassidy Cook (550.95) earned sixth as Stanford took half of the top six spots. Lilly Hinrichs also advanced out of the prelims and came in ninth (545.15).

"It was a good but very tough day; the ladies dived well," said diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone. "Three in the top six in the entire zones is amazing but only the top three qualify so I'm sad for Stephanie and Kassidy, especially Kassidy who made a very amazing effort to come back from an injury with only three weeks of training."

While Clay automatically qualifies for the NCAA meet, the other Cardinal are not guaranteed based on the qualifying order of priority (below).

"The most praise should go to Alex, who is a walk-on and who no one would have picked to make NCAAs," Schavone expressed. "She just had an amazing three weeks. She had a great conference meet, a good week of practice and then a great day today. Again, the only word I can think of is amazing."

Stanford’s divers have two more opportunities to gain an NCAA bid in the other springboard competition, the 3-meter, tomorrow and platform diving on Saturday. The top three on the 3-meter are guaranteed a qualifying spot, while the platform has two assured positions.

Zone E has eight spots at the NCAA meet. Once a diver has qualified, her spot in the order of qualifying is skipped over once the Zone’s eight divers have been selected.

NCAA Championships order of priority
1. Winner of Platform 
2. Winner of Three-meter 
3. Winner of One-meter - Haley Ishimatsu, USC 
4. Second-place Three-meter 
5. Second-place One-meter - Alex Clay, Stanford 
6. Third-place Three-meter 
7. Third-place One-meter - Lauren Hall, Hawaii 
8. Second-place Platform 
9. Fourth-place Three-meter 
10. Fourth-place One-meter - Hailey Casper, Arizona State 
11. Fifth-place Three-meter 
12. Third-place Platform 
13. Fifth-place One-meter - Stephanie Phipps, Stanford 
14. Sixth-place Three-meter 
15. Sixth-place One-meter - Kassidy Cook, Stanford 
16. Fourth-place Platform 
17. Seventh-place Three-meter 
18. Seventh-place One-meter - Aimee Harrison, Hawaii 
19. Eighth-place Three-meter 
20. Fifth-place Platform 
21. Eighth-place One-meter - Hannah Prigge, Fresno State 
22. Ninth-place Three-meter 
23. Ninth-place One-meter - Lillian Hinrichs, Stanford 
24. Sixth-place Platform 
25. 10th-place Three-meter 
26. 10th-place One-meter - Ciera Cortney, Boise State 
27. 11th-place Three-meter 
28. Seventh-place Platform 
29. 11th-place One-meter - En-tien Huang, Nevada 
30. 12th-place Three-meter 
31. 12th-place One-meter - Michal Bower, Arizona

Friday, March 14
Women's 3m Prelims: 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Women's 3m Finals: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Men's 1m Prelims: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Men's 1m Finals: 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 15
Women's Platform Prelims: 11 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Women's Platform Finals: 12:50 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Men's Platform Prelims: 2:50 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.
Men's Platform Finals: 4:20 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.



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