Brouillette Heads to Zone Diving Championships
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AMES, Iowa- Iowa State freshman diver Elyse Brouillette will travel to Houston, Texas this week to take part in the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Championships at the Campus Rec. and Wellness Center on the University of Houston campus.
Brouillette is coming off a strong performance at the Big 12 Championships where she finished fourth on the 1-meter board with a score of 283.90 and fifth on platform with a score of212.25.
“The biggest thing right now is her mindset,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “She is a freshman and I know she is very capable but I don’t want her to put too much pressure on herself. We are hoping that she can go in to the meet just trying to dive and not worrying about qualifying. We want her to enjoy the experience and let the results be how they are.”
The Omaha, Nebraska native led the Cyclones on all three boards this season as well as placing fourth overall in Iowa State history on all three boards.
Brouillette was named the Big 12 Conference Diver of the Week on December 12, 2012, becoming the fifth diver in Iowa State history to win the award. Brouillette earned her ticket to compete at the Zone diving championships on the 3-meter board against Minnesota in her first collegiate dual meet, finishing with a score of 289.50. She will come up against some familiar competitors at the Zone meet, including the Golden Gophers, but will see many new foes as well.
“We will be seeing a lot of tough schools,” Warrick said. “Some teams we have seen such as Iowa and Minnesota, but there are a lot of great and experienced divers. There are quite a lot of seniors who have been to NCAA’s before. Also, schools like LSU and Arkansas will be there, schools we haven’t seen at all. It will be a lot of great diving.”
The NCAA Zone Diving Championships is a similar format to other meets from the season with six dives in each round of the 1-meter and 3-meter events and five-dives on platform. However, the scores from the prelim round will be carried over to the finals, creating a final score composed of either 12 or 10 dives, challenging the divers to be consistent throughout both rounds.
Competition will begin on Monday, March 11, with 3-meter prelims starting at 4:30 p.m. CST and finals immediately following. Tuesday will feature 1-meter diving starting at 11 a.m. and competition will conclude Wednesday with platform diving starting at 11 a.m.