Friday March 14, 2003Men's Diver Qualifies For NCAA Championships
University of Florida men's diver Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.), qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championships in the one-meter springboard diving competition Friday night at the NCAA Diving Zones in Auburn, Ala. Wilcox was one of two Gator divers to place in the top-15 of their respective events at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
Wilcox finished fifth out of 31 divers in the men's one-meter springboard competition. Wilcox, who won the 2003 Southeastern Conference title in the one-meter last month at the Martin Aquatics Center, finished with a score of 650.00. He just missed placing fourth by a little more than a point, as Tennessee's Phil Jones finished one spot ahead with a total of 651.15. Freshman Chris Comfort (Coral Springs, Fla.) was the other Gator diver to compete for the men, as he finished in 21st with a score of 254.85.
On the women's side, Florida was led by junior Nicole Bolt (Orlando, Fla.), as she placed 15th out of 41 divers in the three-meter springboard with a total score of 448.65. Joining Bolt was freshman Jessica Ranieri (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.), who placed 21st with a score of 257.00. Junior Kristen Connor (Gainesville, Fla.) followed Ranieri in two spots, as she placed 23rd with a score of 253.75.
The second day of the three day competition will begin Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m. with the finals of the women's one-meter springboard. The men will follow at 3:30 p.m. with the finals of the three-meter. The event will conclude Sunday with the finals of the women's platform at 10 a.m. and the men's platform at 12:30 p.m.