March 14, 2008
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three Mids placed among the top-10 divers in their respective event Friday at the NCAA Zone 'A' Diving Championship held at the University at Buffalo Natatorium in Buffalo, N.Y. The event is one of five sites across the country that will determine the field of divers for the upcoming NCAA Championship.
Navy's Katie Griffin (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) placed 10th on the women's one meter Friday, while Olaf Olson (Fr., Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and Jon Galinski (Jr., Phoenix, Md.) placed fourth and sixth, respectively, on the men's three meter. Additionally, Adam Niekras (Sr., Liverpool, N.Y.) finished in 17th place on the men's three meter.
"Jon was right in the mix after completing his first list of dives, but he missed a couple on his second list that took him out of the running," said Navy diving coach Joe Suriano. "Olaf also dove really well. Katie is a better diver on both the three meter and the platform, so her more competitive days are ahead of her."
Pitt's Alex Volovetski won the men's three-meter event with an overall score of 771.55 points. Olson totaled 652.80 points, Galinski tallied 611.80 points and Niekras accrued 486.20 points.
Drexel's Katie Hynes was the top finisher on the women's one meter Friday with a total score of 599.05 points. Griffin tallied 467.50 points in her 10th-place showing.
Saturday's competition will feature the men's one meter and the women's three meter, with the 10-meter platform event for both men and women slated to take place Sunday. A total of five men and five women will advance out of Zone 'A' to the national championship.