Butler An All-American Again, Finishes 5th In NCAA 1-Meter
March 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - Michaela Butler finished fifth in the 1-Meter Springboard at the 2014 NCAA Division Women's Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday, earning her All-America honors for the second-consecutive year.
Butler totaled 326.25 points, just over 12 points out of first and six from third. The Dennisport, Mass. native led the event after four dives but slipped to fourth after the fifth round.
"It was a great contest and definitely a really close one," Butler said. "I was just trying to take it one dive at a time because you can't think about them all at once. You just have to do that particular dive the best you can at the moment."
Laura Ryan of George won the event with a 338.60 total, followed by Maren Taylor of Texas, Kaylee Arnett of Virginia Tech and Maggie Keefer of Minnesota.
Butler will now turn her attention to the 3-meter, beginning Friday with prelims at 11 a.m. Central time. The top eight will advance to the championship finals at 7 p.m.
"Diving is a really quick sport and lots of things can happen in a short amount of time so we'll see what happens (Friday)," she added.
The finish gave UMass 14 points towards the team score, putting the Minutewomen in a tie for 18th.
The entire meet will be streamed live on the internet at UMassAthletics.com with Friday and Saturday's finals on ESPN3.
Live scoring is also available at DiveMeets.com.