Kaixuan 'Sherry' Zhang
March 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Southern Illinois sophomore diver Kaixuan 'Sherry' Zhang earned All-America honors on Thursday afternoon, placing third in the consolation finals (9-16) of the one-meter dive. Zhang earned All-America honors for placing in the top-12 at the NCAA Championships.
"I'm so proud of her for this accomplishment," diving coach Joy Zhao said. "She was very nervous going into today, but she proved she is one of the top divers in the NCAA. I couldn't be more happy for her. What's exciting is that the one-meter dive is not even her strongest board. She will get some rest and compete on the three-meter dive tomorrow."
Zhang is the fourth diver in the history of the program to earn All-America honors and first since 1985. Julia Warner placed 10th in the one-meter dive in 1981 and 17th in the three-meter dive in 1980. Tracey Terrell was a four-time All-American from 1979-82, with three All-America honors in the three-meter dive and one in the one-meter. Wendy Lucero won the NCAA Championship in the one-meter dive in 1985 and placed sixth in the three-meter dive that same year.
"I want to thank everyone in the department, school, and region for being so unbelievably supportive for us," Zhao said. "It's an honor to get to coach in such a great school and community."
Zhang was one of 39 divers competing in the one-meter preliminaries at 1:30 p.m. She posted a six-dive score of 282.30 to sneak into the final slot of the consolation finals, which included divers that finished ninth through 16th. With a fresh slate for the consolation finals, Zhang posted a 296.75 and finished third in the consolation finals.
Zhang will compete in the three-meter dive tomorrow. Follow live scoring HERE.