Esther Chen posted the best showing at the Zone Diving Championships in Diving Coach Joy Zhao's tenure.
March 20, 2013
The Southern Illinois diving team concluded its season at the Zone C Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., hosted by Purdue University. Esther Chen narrowly missed a trip to the NCAAs on the one-meter board to headline the Saluki action.
Chen scored a 561.05 total on the one-meter board. Chen was in sixth place after the preliminary round and moved up to fourth after the prelims, overcoming two divers after the preliminary score was carried over to the finals. The top three divers received bids to the NCAA Championships.
Also on the one-meter board, Sherry Zhang scored a 247.50, Anna Beeck scored a 212.20 and Brittany Weigel scored a 200.70. On the men's side, Kegan Skelton qualified for the finals in the three-meter dive, finishing 18th and scoring a 507.95.
Diving Coach Chunhua Zhao announced on Wednesday open tryouts for next year's diving team. To set up a tryout to join the SIU diving team for the 2013-14 season, contact Zhao at (618) 453-5461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.