Divers Compete At Arizona Invitational

Tucson, Ariz. - San Jose State University divers Jo Thibodaux and Jessica Holden competed at the University of Arizona Diving Invitational last Friday through Sunday, November 21-23.

The three-day meet was the first held at Arizona’s newly-remodeled Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

During the three-meter springboard event on day one on Friday, November 21, Holden, a true freshman out of Fair Oaks, Calif., produced a score good enough for 15th at the conclusion of her six preliminary dives, advancing to the consolation final. After six more dives, her score of 232.10 points was fifth-highest out of eight consolation competitors, and 13th overall.

Thibodaux’s preliminary three-meter mark was not available.

On Saturday, November 22, Holden (193.40) and Thibodaux (171.45) placed 30th and 41st, respectively, during prelims of the one-meter event, and did not advance. The top eight moved on to the championship final, with spots nine through 16 heading to the consolation bracket.

The meet’s final day on Sunday, November 23, featured the platform competition, with just one round consisting of five dives. Thibodaux, a sophomore out of Alvin, Texas, scored 184.10 points for sixth among 20-plus female participants. In her first collegiate platform performance, Holden scored 177.70 points for ninth-place.

“Our girls tried their hardest and were very steady among some of the top divers in the nation,” remarked second-year San Jose State diving coach Brian Tanner. “Each of them performed new dives that we have been working on in preparation for the Western Athletic Conference Championship. We saw evidence of their hard work paying off. The results are showing.”

The Spartan divers are done with their competition schedule for the 2008 calendar year ,and will next be in action on the road at a dual meet against Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, January 2.