Kansas Diving Competes at NCAA Zone

March 4, 2007

AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Shelby Noonan, junior Jenny Roberts and freshman Meghan Proehl represented the University of Kansas diving team in Austin, Texas, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Zone “D” Diving Championships at the Jermail Texas Swim Center. Of the seven open slots for NCAA qualifiers from Zone “D”, four were captured by Texas divers, while University of Houston secured two diving spots. Missouri diver Kendra Melnychuk walked away the winner of the platform diving competition and the final NCAA qualifier from Zone “D”.

In the one-meter diving competition, Noonan posted a finals score of 491.00, good for an eighth-place finish. Proehl and Roberts finished 13th (446.95) and 15th (434.15), respectfully.

Roberts led the way for the Jayhawks on the three-meter board with a 10th place finish (514.25), while Noonan finished close behind in 12th (499.35). Proehl rounded out Kansas’ competition with an 18th place finish, posting 449.40 points. As the only KU competitor in the platform competition, Proehl wrapped up Sunday competition 13th in platform diving, recording 331.10 points.

“I am really happy with the way we dove,” diving coach Eric Elliott said. “We started off a little slow, but we sharpened some things up and dove better as we went.”

Kansas swimmers Jenny Short, Danielle Herrmann and Ashley Robinson will represent the Kansas swimming and diving team at the NCAA swimming and diving championships March 8-10 in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Minnesota Aquatic Center. Stay tuned to kuathletics.com for more information, a schedule of events and results from NCAA competition.

NCAA Zone “D” Qualifiers

Kendra Melnychuk – Missouri (platform winner)

Nastia Pozdniakova – Houston (1- and 3-meter winner)

Mary Yarrison – Texas (2nd on 1- and 3-meter)

Ginni van Katwijk – Houston (3rd on 3-meter)

Jessica Livingston – Texas (3rd on 1-meter)

Kara-Jayne Salamone – Texas (2nd on platform)

Kathryn Kelly – Texas (fourth on 1-meter)