March 9, 2015
ATHENS, Ga. – After the first day at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, three Gamecocks will advance to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Sophomore Jordan Gotro and senior Cole Miller will represent the men and freshman Julia Vincent will compete for the women.
Gotro and Miller finished eighth and ninth, respectively in the men’s one-meter finals. Gotro finished with a total score of 648.10 after placing ninth in the preliminary (321.00), while Miller totaled 646.15 points after finishing 12th in the preliminary (311.45).
Freshman Lyle Markman placed 29th in the one-meter preliminary with 220.40 points.
Vincent won the women’s three-meter final with a total of 722.70 points, a school record. She also finished first in the preliminary with a score of 348.80.
Senior Patricia Kranz, junior Lauren Lamendola and freshman Marissa Roth all advanced to the three-meter final placing eighth, 14th and 17th overall. Kranz finished with a total of 618.80, Lamendola totaled 559.80 points and Roth tallied 540.40 points.
South Carolina Head Diving Coach Todd Sherrritt
“I’m really happy with how the men did today. Sending both of them (Jordan Gotro and Cole Miller) to the NCAA Championships on day one is huge. They both did very well. They came in steady and were very consistent. It was a very tough one-meter competition, probably the toughest I’ve ever seen. All the women did really well today too. Marissa (Roth), to finish where she did as a freshman is great and I’m thrilled with her diving. Lauren (Lamendola) put together some great dives today. Patti (Patricia Kranz) just missed qualifying today. She dove well but just came up a little short. Julia (Vincent), we’ve been working all year for this day. She dove lights out and blew the field away. She broke the school record, which is a great accomplishment as a freshman. This was a very difficult meet to win and she did. Overall I’m very excited about how we performed today.”
The Gamecocks continue with day two of the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships on Tuesday with the first round of preliminaries set to begin at 11 a.m.