INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Sophomore Tanya Kurach's impressive debut season with the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team came to end on Thursday with a 49th place finish on 1-meter at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Kurach posted a six-round score of 218.40 in her first appearance at the Division I national championships.
"She missed a couple of dives, not bad, but this was a contest where you couldn't miss at all," said diving coach Nikki Huffman. "I saw divers who didn't miss and they didn't even make the top 16. It was that deep of a field, but she gained a ton of great experience. She's already talking about things to work on for next year, so that's really positive, and she had a positive experience overall."
Kurach – the only WAC diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships – came out strong posting a score of 46.80 on her opening dive, which put her right in the middle of the field. The score was her best of her six dives. A difficult dive in the second round ultimately proved to be too much to overcome as she failed to make the top 16 to advance to the finals.
Still, Kurach completed an accolade-filled season on the Mountain Campus – a season which ended with her being just the second NAU women's diver in program history to compete at the NCAA Championships. She will lead a young and talented Lumberjack diving unit next season as the reigning WAC Diver of the Year and conference 3-meter champion.
"It was nice to get this experience and see how the others dive," Kurach said. "I'm going to set new goals and next year I'm going to be even better."