Butler Takes Fourth On The One-Meter Springboard At NCAA's
March 21, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - As only the third ever UMass swimming and diving athlete to qualify for the NCAA Championships, Michaela Butler did not disappoint, finishing fourth on the women's one-meter springboard Thursday night with a school record score of 333.45.
At the conclusion of the first day of the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships from the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex, Butler finished fourth out of a total of 40 divers, and sat just under five points off the silver medal.
The redshirt junior from Dennisport, Mass. needed to qualify in the top 16 spots during the afternoon prelims in order to guarantee a spot in either the consolation or championship final. She finished the preliminary round with a school record score of 309.05, qualifying for the championship round with her sixth-place finish.
During the preliminary round she averaged an individual judge score of 6.83, with her highest dive score of 54.60 coming on her second dive.
The championship round was a battle with the top five divers all sitting with 20-points of one another. Butler was in the bottom-half of the group until her fourth and fifth round dives.
Her fourth round dive, a reverse 1 ½ somersault pike, scored her a 61.20 moving her in to third-place. Butler followed that up with a 1 ½ somersault tuck, in the fifth round, for a score of 61.50, putting her in second-place.
In the last round of diving Butler pulled in a score of 51.25, but it wasn't enough as the divers who finish in the top-three spots all pulled 57.20 or better. She finished the round with a total score of 333.45, breaking the school record she set earlier in the day.
Samantha Pickens, of Arizona, took gold in the event with a score of 348.45. Margaret Keefer of Minnesota took the silver (338.20), while Jodie Mcgroarty of Tennessee took bronze (335.75).
Three-meter springboard action will be held during day two, with the preliminary round getting underway at 1:30 p.m. The consolation finals are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The championship round will begin after swimming, which is set to begin at 7 p.m.