March 12, 2013
Zone E Diving Regional
March 14-16 - Cadet Natatorium
U.S. Air Force Academy - Colorado Springs, Colo.
DAVIS, Calif. - Freshmen Lucy Lafranchise and Hanna Tears will return to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, Springs, Colo., site of the MPSF Diving Championships to compete in the NCAA Zone E Diving Regionals this week. Taking place at the Cadet Natatorium, the three-day event will take place from Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 16.
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"Knowing the facility and what lines to use is a definite advantage," said Tears.
Added Lafranchise, "We know the boards, and don't have to test them out so see which one works better, we already know."
Prelims for the women's 3-meter are scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m., with the final 18 divers squaring off against one another starting at 1:45 p.m. that same day.
One-meter competition will take place the following day with divers competing for one of 18 spots in Friday morning's preliminaries, also starting at 11 a.m. One-meter finals will begin at 1:45 p.m.
Both UC Davis divers will compete in Thursday's high-board event and Friday's 1-meter action.
If successful, Lafranchise and Tears will also punch their ticket to Indianapolis alongside teammate Alvarez who will swim in the 100 and 200 breast at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
"Hopefully they will watch and learn how the elite divers at the NCAA level prepare and compete at an event of this level. With 50 competitors, up to 20-25 minutes will pass between dives," explained diving coach Phil Tonne.
All three hope this is the first of numerous trips to regional action in the years to come.
Continued Tonne, "This has been a great year, I just want my divers to compete as best as they can and learn from this experience."