Michaela Butler Finishes 14th On The Three-Meter Board At NCAA's
March 22, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Following day one action where she became an All-American on the one-meter springboard, Michaela Butler nearly missed qualifying for the three-meter championship finals. The redshirt junior wrapped up her 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with a 14th place overall finish on the three-meter springboard.
Butler finished 10th in the preliminary round, in a field of 39, to advance the consolation finals. In the consolation round she finished with a score of 326.55, for sixth-place. Emma Ivory-Ganja of UCLA won the consolation final with a score of 347.00.
The Dennisport, Mass. native put together an outstanding preliminary round in which she finished with a score of 333.40. Butler was towards the bottom of the pack early in the round, until her fourth and fifth round dives, which put her as high as third.
Butler's fourth round dive, a back 2 ½ somersault tuck, scored her a 64.40, moving her back into consideration for the consolation finals. Her fifth round dive, a reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck, was perhaps the best of any diver on the afternoon, pulling in an outstanding 72.80 points.
In the sixth and final round, Butler scored a 32.40 on a back 1 ½ somersault 1 ½ twist free, which moved her out of the qualification for the championship final.
Butler leaves the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships as the only Atlantic 10 swimming and diving athlete to ever receive All-American consideration.
With one year of eligibility left, Butler will look towards next season to defend her two-time A-10 one-meter and three-meter titles, along with once again qualifying for NCAA's and becoming an All-American.
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