Kaixuan 'Sherry' Zhang finished third in the three-meter dive at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
March 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Southern Illinois sophomore diver Kaixuan 'Sherry' Zhang finished third in the three-meter dive at the NCAA Championships on Friday night. Zhang earned her second All-America honor of the Championships and posted top-11 finishes in both of her events.
Zhang was the top qualifier in the morning's preliminary session and stayed in the top half of the eight-person Championship Finals field throughout her six-dive finals session. Zhang totaled a 385.20 in her six dives
Zhang earned first-team All-America honors for her third-place finish to add on to her honorable mention All-America honor for finishing third in the consolation finals in the one-meter dive yesterday.
Zhang is the fourth diver in school history 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.
With her third-place finish, Zhang earned 16 more points for SIU at the NCAA Championships. Including her six points for finishing third in the consolation finals of the one-meter dive on Thursday, Zhang earned 22 points for the Salukis at the NCAA Championships.