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Rittenhouse Moves Up NCAA Priority List

March 11, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C.  –  Following her third place finish on 1-meter from Monday at the 2014 NCAA Zone B Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center , senior Ariel Rittenhouse placed second on 3-meter with a final tally of 720.10 on Tuesday.

After prelims, Rittenhouse led after turning in a season-best score of 361.00 but was edged out by Laura Ryan (Georgia) by 15 one-hundredths of a point after 12 dives.

With her second place finish, Rittenhouse moves up to fourth from seventh place on the priority list from Zone B.

“I felt really consistent today,” Rittenhouse said. “I’ve been working really hard and I think this meet has set me up very well for NCAA’s.”

Katrina Young placed eighth with a score of 638.20 and Kelsey Goodman was also in the hunt, placing ninth with a total of 630.85.

“Ariel looks ready for NCAA’s,” head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “She was so consistent today and I’m very proud of her. Kelsey and Katrina also had good days and they we right in the thick of things, fighting it out.”

Alexia Gonzalez also dove in the event. She placed 41st with a total of 220.65.

The day started with the men’s 1-meter competition. Senior Tom Neubacher finished in sixth place with a tally of 708.60.  Freshman Dylan Grisell placed eighth with a total of 670.25 and senior Mikey Lewark was 13th at 613.35.

“Tom had a typical solid day,” Jeffrey said. “But it looks like he’s going to be a place or two away from qualifying. There’s so much talent in our zone and Tom did all that he could. I’m really proud of him. Mikey and Dylan also had decent days, but they’re better platform guys and I can’t wait to see what they do tomorrow.”

Kalonji Cole also dove 1-meter, he placed 24th with a score of 256.20 while Dustin Miller was 27th at 252.10.

Women’s platform prelims will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and the men’s event will follow after the conclusion of the women’s finals.

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