Big Ten Dives Into NCAA Championships

March 18, 2010

Day One Results

Minnesota sophomore Kelci Bryant highlighted a cadre of Big Ten divers as five conference participants posted top-10 finishes in the one-meter competition on the opening day of the 2010 NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.

With six events in the books, the Gophers pace all Big Ten teams in 11th place with 27 team points, followed closely by Michigan (25) and Wisconsin (23) in 12th and 13th place respectively. Purdue and Ohio State are currently tied in the 15th spot with 20 team tallies while Indiana rounds out the Big Ten contingent on the team leaderboard in a tie for 23rd place with 11 points after Day one.    

After leading with a top preliminary-round score, Bryant tallied 352.65 points in the six-dive final round to earn second place overall. The Illinois native scored her highest dive in the final on her third attempt, scoring 65.00 on a forward somersault pike dive.

Ohio State divers Chelsea Davis and Bianca Alvarez each picked up All-America accolades for their performances off the lower springboard. Davis finished sixth on the strength of a 320.40 mark to earn 13 team points for OSU.  Buckeye sophomore Alvarez, finished in 10th place on the one-meter with 313.10 points to earn honorable mention All-America honors.

NCAA Championships host Purdue also put forth two All-American performances on the opening day of competition. Junior Erin Mertz scored 303.45 points to place eighth on the one-meter springboard and earn All-America acclaim for the second consecutive season. The Omaha, Neb., native scored in her first national championship event as a Boilermaker after transferring from Kansas following an All-America showing from the lowest springboard at last year’s NCAA Championships.

Sophomore Casey Matthews earned the highest NCAA placing of her young career while diving to honorable-mention All-America honors for the second consecutive year. The Getzville, N.Y., native put 319.35 points on the board during her six-dive list to win the consolation final and earn ninth-place points after a 12th-place finish in the event last year.

Michigan senior Margaret Kelly was the lone Wolverine to record an All-America finish on Day One, taking sixth in the 200-yard individual medley. Kelly took third during prelims with time of 1:55.41, breaking her own Big Ten Conference and program record (1:55.90).

In other competition, the Gophers finished 7th overall in the 200 freestyle relay. The foursome of Alison Eggers, Megan Braun, Kaylee Jamison and Marissa Davies combined for a time of 1:31.36 to earn All-America distinction. 

With six events scored, Stanford leads the pack with 142.5 points and is followed by Georgia’s 134-point total. Defending champion Cal is third with 122, and Florida and Texas A&M round out the top five with 107 and 106 points, respectively.

The NCAA Championships continue Friday with preliminary events beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Friday slate kicks off with the 200 medley relay and is to be followed by the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 800 freestyle relay and three-meter springboard. Live results and live video can be found or

Team Rankings - Through Event 6                      
 1. Stanford, 142.5   
 2. Georgia, 134
 3. California, 122   
 4. Florida, 107
 5. Texas A&M, 106   
 5. Arizona, 106
 7. Auburn, 67   
T8. Virginia, 64
T8. Southern California, 64 
10. Texas, 38
11. Minnesota, 27 
12. Michigan, 25
13. Wisconsin, 23  
T15. Purdue, 20
T15. Ohio State, 20 
T23. Indiana, 11