March 10, 2016
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Lindsey Streepey and Emma Gaboury, of the University of Notre Dame women’s diving squad, have both qualified to compete in the women’s 1-meter diving event at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship. The seniors finished sixth and seventh respectively.
“I am so proud of Lindsey, Emma, and all our divers that competed today,” head diving coach Caiming Xie said. “This year, we have a pretty good number to qualify for nationals; to make the top 12 in any event means you could qualify, and that is good for everyone. Today, Lindsey and Emma’s performances were great. This is a key moment for us. Consistency is key, because the scores from both the preliminary and final sessions are added together, so to dive well in both is very important, and that’s what Emma and Lindsey did today. Annie [Crea] was also very consistent, and dove well too. This is a big moment for us, at a big meet, and the NCAA meet will be an even bigger stage for us to perform at.”
After the morning’s prelims, Streepey stood in eighth place with a score of 278.10, while Gaboury was in 13th place (270.00). Other women’s divers included Annie Crea (who ultimately finished 16th) who was 17th after prelims (258.65) and Deidre Worth. Worth stood 36th after the prelims, scoring 219.35.
When the final scores were tallied, both Streepey and Gaboury had improved to within the automatic qualifying placements. Streepey’s final dives increased her overall score to 561.95, and Gaboury for her part surged from 13th to seventh place (554.25). Crea also increased her score to 521.40, good for 16th.
For the men’s team, junior James Lichtenstein just missed advancing into the finals in the men’s 3-meter competition, finishing 19th overall (283.60). All divers are back in action tomorrow, with Lichtenstein competing in 1-meter and Streepey, Gaboury, Crea and Worth diving in 3-meter. Results will be posted on und.com.
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Lizzie Mikes serves as Media Services Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. A 2013 graduate of Johnson & Wales University, she oversees credential management and is the athletic communications director for Fighting Irish men’s and women’s swimming and diving and track and field. She has assisted with numerous NCAA postseason events hosted by Notre Dame, and is heavily involved in the day-to-day tasks of the athletic communications office.