Los Angeles, Calif.-----Senior Amy Kilby turned in one of the best 3-meter diving performances in San Jose State University history with her fifth place finish on the first day of the Bruin Diving Invitational held at the Spieker Aquatic Complex on the UCLA campus.
The field of 55 divers included three that competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympics diving team trials and five 2012 NCAA Championships entries. Kilby finished ninth in the preliminary round with her 267.30 score. Advancing to the championship round of 18 competitors, she posted an even better 295.90 for a 563.20 total.
The fourth-year Spartan from Oklahoma City, Okla., finished ahead of one diver that went to the U.S. Olympics Team trials in Federal Way, Wash., two NCAA Championships divers that made it to the final in the 3-meter event, and one more of the 40 divers that qualified for the NCAA's.
Jessica Holden, a senior from Roseville, placed 21st in the preliminary round her score of 243.70. She also finished ahead of one 2012 NCAA Championships entry and missed earning a spot in the Bruin Invitational championship round only by 1.00 points. Holden's score was better than one 2012 U.S. Olympics team hopeful and one 2012 NCAA Championships entry.
University of Southern California's Haley Ishimatsu won the 3-meter diving with a 654.15 score. Emma Ivory-Garcia of UCLA, a 2012 U.S. Olympic Team trials competitor, was second with a 614.15.
Kara McCormick of the University of Miami, 13th at the 2012 NCAA Championships, and Samantha Pickens of Arizona, third at the 2012 NCAA Championships, also finished ahead of San Jose State's Kilby. McCormick had a total of 603.55 and Pickens, 566.05.
The Spartan duo continues diving January 12 as they compete
in 1-meter diving preliminaries. The event starts at 11:00 a.m.
UCLA Diving Invitational
Spieker Aquatic Complex, Los Angeles, Calif.
January 11, 2013
3-Meter Final Results
|1. Haley Ishimatsu, USC
|2. Emma Ivory-Ganja, UCLA
|3. Kara McCormick, Miami
|4. Samantha Pickens, Arizona
|5. Amy Kilby, San Jose State
|6. Samantha Adams, USC
|7. Stephanie Phipps, Stanford
|8. Anna Steiner, San Diego State
|9. Stacey Luke, Fresno State
|10. Ashley Herrera, Arizona
|21. Jessica Holden, San Jose State