March 13, 2005
ATLANTA, Ga. –
With her ticket already punch to next week’s NCAA Championships, Florida State University diver Courtney McClow did not have any added pressure going into Sunday’s (March 13) finals of the platform competition. This allowed her to put together her second top three performance of the meet as she nailed a third-place score of 409.80.
By getting into the top three on the platform, McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) became just the third diver at the meet top post a pair of top three finishes. Coming on the heels of her second-place tally on the one-meter board on Saturday, the senior captain joined South Carolina’s Lauren King –the winner of the three-meter competition — and one-meter winner Jenna Dreyer of Miami as the three to finish in the top three of two events.
When she takes to the board on Friday at Purdue University’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center it will be McClow’s first trip to the NCAA Championships. What makes it a more remarkable feat is that the Forrest High School product joined the Seminoles as a walk-on during the fall of 2001.
Florida State has started to build a strong tradition of women’s diving under sixth-year diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. This will be the fourth-straight season that he has taken at least one diver to the NCAA Championships with four All-America certificates in the three previous meets.
McClow will be joined by four Florida State swimmers at the national championships. Senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) will be taking part in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles. She is joined in the 100 free by senior Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.), who will also swim the 100 butterfly. Rookie Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) will hit the water in the 200 free and 200 butterfly, while sophomore Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) swims in the 100 breaststroke.