Brouillette, Henderson Finish 22nd, 23rd at Zones
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Iowa State divers Jessica Henderson and Elyse Brouillette wrapped up day-one of the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Championships at the University Aquatics Center today with a pair of top-25 finishes on the one-meter board. Brouillette led the duo with a 22nd-place 257.30-point performance, followed closely by Henderson who posted 254.50 points in a 23rd-place finish.
“I think they dove well today,” Iowa State head diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “I can safely say that they didn’t dive as well as they did at Big 12s, but they were very solid.”
With the top-18 scores advancing to finals, Brouillette and Henderson missed the cut by just 12.10 and 14.90-points, respectively. According to Warrick, the “little things” – such as take offs and entries – prevented each of his divers from a fourth-consecutive finals appearance dating back to the Big 12 Conference Championships.
“I think they left some points out there,” Warrick said. “We just have to do those little things better tomorrow, be a little sharper. I’m confident they can do that.”
While day one was cut short for Iowa State’s top divers, a finals appearance tomorrow in the three-meter event is “well within their grasp,” according to Warrick.
“I think they came away today feeling pretty confident about their diving,” Warrick said. “They know they can do a little better, but they both dove really well.”
The Cyclones will be back in the diving well at the University Aquatics Center tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. CT for three-meter prelims with finals directly following.