Khechfe places 37th on day two of the NCAA Zone Diving Championship
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Kansas diver Nadia Khechfe finished 37th in the preliminary round of the NCAA Zone D Diving Championship’s one-meter springboard dive on Tuesday. Competing amongst 43 other divers in the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Missouri, Khechfe racked up a six-score dive of 232.10.
Khechfe demonstrated consistency across her dives, scoring between 36.30 and 41.40. However, she was not able to move on to the event’s final round after finishing outside of the top 18 in the preliminary.
“Her comfort with the dive list was pretty solid and I think it showed,” Kansas diving coach Gabe Downey said. “She was more consistent across the board and it allowed her to be more competitive.”
Khechfe’s last splash in the water marked the end of Kansas Swimming and Diving’s 2016-17 season, one where the program proved it is not ready to stop its recent ascension after setting a program record for total points at the Big 12 Championship for the second year in a row. After experiencing a somewhat trying year that included several bumps and bruises affecting the divers throughout the year but also ended with high finishes in the Big 12 Championship, Downey remains excited about the prospects of the divers for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
“Nadia at this point becomes our best diver,” said Downey. “(Freshman) Peri Charapich showed she had high potential this year, if she can follow that trend of making a jump between freshman and sophomore year she can be really good. We get the benefit of a couple of us that didn’t really get to compete this year that I know can be strong for us. So we have pretty lofty aspirations going forward. We improved significantly this year and we should be fighting for the NCAA finals next year and expect to be in the finals for the Big 12.”