Austin, Texas - San Jose State University freshman Amy Kilby is currently competing for the first time in the NCAA Zone E Diving Meet, hosted by the United States Air Force Academy at the Texas Swim Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
Kilby, out of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Putnam City North High School, qualified for the three-day event by virtue of her first collegiate performance, a dual meet at powerhouse Stanford University back on October 2, 2009. By scoring a 273.00 on the one-meter springboard, she achieved the NCAA qualifying mark and thus earned the right to compete in all three events this week in Texas.
Kilby is participating in preliminaries of the one-meter springboard on Thursday, March 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT. The three-meter competition is on Friday, March 12, again starting at 10:00 a.m. PT with an anticipated 48 divers in action. Preliminaries in the springboard events consist of six dives. The top 18 move on to the finals, held at 12:45 p.m. PT each day, with six more dives. Preliminary scores carry over to finals.
The Zone E Meet concludes with the platform diving event on Saturday, March 13. Preliminaries begin at 9:30 a.m., with 12 moving on to the finals. Both in prelims and finals, competitors will perform five dives, with scores again carrying over.
Kilby currently holds the modern-day school records at San Jose State in both the one-meter (286.05) and platform (205.50) events, coming off of a third-place, bronze-medal-winning performance in the platform at her very first Western Athletic Conference Championship in San Antonio, Texas, last month. It was the best finish by a Spartan diver at the meet since 2003.