Northwestern's Davis claims top spot in three-meter diving prelims


COLUMBUS, Ohio - The diving portion of the 2006 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships saw 38 athletes compete in the three-meter spring board preliminaries.  After a six-round prelim competition, eight divers earned spots in the event finals Friday evening while the top 16 earn points for their teams' standings. Seven schools will be represented in the eight-person final with Purdue leading the way with two finalists. The top 10 finishers qualified automatically for the NCAA meet while two others earned provisional qualifying marks.

No. 1-ranked Northwestern freshman Chelsea Davis beat out five of last year's finalists, including defending champion Julie Broms, to take the top preliminary spot. A three-time Big Ten Diver of the Week recipient this season, Davis put together a string of six dives for a first-place score of 363.95. Her score topped the McCorkles Aquatic Pavilion record set by Purdue's Carrie McCambridge in December.

McCambridge finished second with a total of 355.35, and her teammate Amanda Miller earned fifth place with a total of 329.95. Third place went to Indiana's Lindsay Weigle with 342.50. Ohio State's Broms will make a run at a second-straight title in the finals after claiming the fourth seed with a tally of 332.95. Rounding out the championship finalists are Michigan's Elyse Lee (301.30), Minnesota's Erica Schiffler (300.20) and Iowa's Nacilea Underwood (290.30).

The divers' preliminary scores will not carry over to the finals this evening.  The finalists will have another six dives and will compete in reverse order from their preliminary finishing scores.  The highest and lowest totals are eliminated, and then the three middle scores are added together and then multiplied by the individual dive's predetermined degree of difficulty to produce the divers final score.

Tonight's diving finals begin tonight at 7:45 p.m. ET.  Check back to for live results and continuing coverage of the 2005 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.