Redbird Divers Finish at UIC Invitational, Zhang Breaks School and Pool Records
Jan. 26, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. - Redbird divers competed in the UIC Diving Invitational at Illinois-Chicago Saturday, Jan. 26. Sophomore Wenting Zhang broke the Illinois State record on the 3-meter board and the Flames Natatorium pool record on the 1-meter board.
Zhang broke the Flames Natatorium pool record on the 1-meter board with a score of 319.80. Zhang's score broke the record that was previously held by former Olympian Nancilea Underwood. This score also placed her in first on the 1-meter board. Zhang's score of 351.15 on the 3-meter board broke the Illinois State record, which the diver previously held and earned her another first-place finish.
"Wenting's performance was fantastic at this invitational. There were a couple of dives in each list that were the best I have ever seen her do," diving coach Phil Hoffmann said. "I think she is rounding in her form, and she is focused and is where she needs to be to compete with other top divers in the conference as we lead into the championship meet."
On the 1-meter board senior Madicyn Prouty and freshman Kaitlyn Neiheisel followed Zhang finishing in third and fourth-place. Prouty took third with a score of 250.75 and Neiheisel in fourth with a score of 246.60.
"We had a strong performance on the 1-meter board. It was outstanding to earn first, third and fourth-place in this meet," Hoffmann said. "I thought those three on that board looked great, and I think they are doing very well as the conference championship meet is nearing."
On the 3-meter board following Zhang in fourth-place was senior Maureen Doyle with a score of 253.10. Junior Maggie Kopp earned a score of 238.00, which put the diver in eighth- place and also was a new personal best.
"Overall, I was happy with every diver's performance at this invitational. We had a lot of personal best and season best scores today," Hoffmann said. "We faced some solid competition today, but our divers competed well."
The divers will rejoin the swimmers tomorrow in Indianapolis, Ind. at the Butler Invitational at 11 a.m.