Women’s Diving Duo Excels at NCAA Regionals

Women’s Diving Duo Excels at NCAA Regionals

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Calvin women had an outstanding afternoon at the NCAA Division III Central Region Diving Championships on Friday afternoon, on the 3-meter boards. For the second-straight year, Sarah Bradley claimed a regional crown, this time on the 3-meter.

"I am super happy for Sarah," said head diving coach Aaron Paskvan. "She dove extremely well today and had a great start during those first five rounds to really set her up to get in a good rhythm to her run through her 11 dives. I think it is a huge building block punching her ticket to Indy. We are looking forward to training another three weeks and seeing what she can do down there."

A senior from Wheaton, Illinois, Bradley is the first 3-meter regional champion in program history. In 2017, she won the 1-meter event at home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bradley won the event on Friday with a first-place score of 462.55 points. Defeating Allison Fitzgerald of Denison at 451.30 and Nicki Bailey of Kalamazoo. She had seven dives score over 40 points on Friday, scoring 51.60 points twice.

"I was really nervous coming in," said Bradley. "But I am really grateful for all of my family and teammates support today and just hope we can get more people from our conference to nationals."

Freshman Joselyn Smith (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) finished in 11th place with 362.75 points. Smith scored 30 or more points on eight of her 11 dives including a score of 43.20 on her forward 2 ½ somersault pike. On her final dive of the day she scored 40.50 points on the inward 2 ½ somersault tuck.

The diving duo returns to action on Saturday afternoon at the University of Chicago for the 1-meter event.