Henderson Earns 15th Place Finish at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. – The Iowa State divers arrived in Athens, Ga. late New Year’s Day for the Georgia Invitational and the team’s annual training trip. This afternoon, the Cyclones wrapped up the first day of action at the Gabrielsen Natatorium with one top-15 finish in the 1-meter event.
With a 245.40-point performance, senior Jessica Henderson earned a 15th placed finish among a field of 53 divers. After returning from a concussion that prematurely ended her junior year, Henderson has yet to finish outside of the top-15 in an invitational style event in the 2013-14 season.
The Cyclone veteran missed the cut for a finals appearance by just 12.15-points, and she left at least 20-points on the board, according to Iowa State heading diving coach Jeff Warrick.
“I am very pleased with how Jessica performed,” Warrick said. “But here is the hard part; I know that she could be even better. She could have easily finished 20-points higher.”
Iowa State’s returning most valuable diver, Elyse Brouillette, battled a slow start on the 1-meter board to finish 35th on the day. According to Warrick, Brouillette finished strongly on her final three dives to earn a score of 214.35, just 9.25 below her 223.60-point performance at the Iowa Invitational.
“She wasn’t happy. She had a rough start on her first three dives,” Warrick said. “She could have easily said that it was over, but she didn’t do that. She was able to rebound and keep a positive outlook. She actually had three really solid dives to finish the event; it was just hard to come back from.”
The Cyclones will be back in action tomorrow in Athens, Ga. for the 3-meter event.