FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona divers opened up the three-day NCAA Zone E Diving Championships Monday on the 3-meter springboard with mixed results. Senior Alexa Geiger was NAU's top performer finishing in 19th overall with the regional championship meet set to continue on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
"Lex dove pretty consistently, but it's never fun to be on the one spot out (of finals)," said diving coach Nikki Huffman. "Rocky dove pretty consistent too, but she doesn't have as strong of a list to compete with this caliber of divers (on 3-meter). Tanya and Christina probably tried a little too hard, so they missed a couple of dives. All of them are a little better on 1-meter, so hopefully we'll have a better showing tomorrow."
Geiger missed qualifying for the finals by one spot, placing 19th in the preliminary round just outside the top 18 positions to advance to the next round. Geiger put together her best Zones 3-meter performance of her career with a score of 273.75. Throughout her four years, she progressed up the leaderboard at the Zone E Diving Championships moving up from 57th as a freshman to this year's 19th-place showing. Last season, she placed 31st.
Outside of Geiger, sophomore Raquel Gonzales was the next Lumberjack finisher in 37th place with a score of 246.85. Like Geiger, Gonzales also made a leap up the scoreboard from her 49th place finish.
Sophomore Tanya Kurach, the reigning 3-meter WAC champion, was a few spots back in 40th with a score of 241.65. Sophomore Christina Torrente rounded out NAU's diving quartet with a score of 231.20, good for 46th.
The NCAA Zone E Diving Championships continue on Tuesday in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex with the women's 1-meter springboard preliminaries starting at 11 a.m. Live results will be available at divemeets.com and the event is free for all fans to attend.