March 14, 2003
Auburn, Ala. – Three South Carolina divers qualified for the NCAA Championships as the Gamecocks completed day one of the Zone B Championships in Auburn, Ala. Sophomore Andy Bradley finished second on the one-meter board with a score of 700.45 and sophomores Tracey Richardson (503.65) and Lauren King (501.45) placed fourth and fifth respectively on the women’s three-meter to qualify for USC. Competition continues tomorrow with the men on the three-meter board and the women on the one-meter.
This is the second consecutive year Bradley has qualified for the NCAA Championships. As a freshman at BYU, Bradley earned honorable mention All-American honors with a 16th place finish on the one-meter board. Bradley had two fourth place finishes at the SEC Championships this year.
Clayton Moss of Kentucky won the one-meter event with a score of 725.00. Carolina sophomore Dean Emmerton also reached the finals and placed 18th with a score of 514.70. Freshman Ian Balman was 31st in the prelims scoring 203.00.
On the women’s side, Richardson, the SEC champion in the three-meter board qualified for her second consecutive year. This is also King’s second time qualifying for the NCAA Championships and her first as a member of USC. Sophomore Allison Brennan also competed and reached the finals of the three-meter board, placing 10th with a score of 471.80.
The top five divers in each the one-meter and three-meter competitions qualify for the NCAA Championships. Once qualified on one board a diver is qualified for the entire event, and does not need to qualify again on another board. The NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held in Auburn, Ala. from March 20-23 with the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.