March 15, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - California diver Kahley Rowell posted a score of 241.15 in the one-meter springboard preliminary round, but that wasn't enough to push her into the final round of competition on day two of the NCAA Zone E Qualifying Meet. The junior from Dove Canyon, Calif., placed 28th in the event, only 17.30 points off of the 18th-place cut-off mark for the final. Freshman teammate Sara-Lina Boushakra - at her first NCAA zonal qualifying meet - scored 212.30 to finish 42nd.
Both divers posted strong scores on individual dives, with Rowell notching 46.80 on an inward one and a half somersault in the pike position. The same dive also produced Boushakra's top scoring performance, earning the San Mateo, Calif., product a 44.40 mark.
USC's Haley Ishimatsu, the 2013 Pac 12 champion on the platform, won the event after the final round of diving with a combined score of 612.25. Ishimatsu takes the second automatic qualification spot for the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Arizona's Samantha Pickens - who won the three-meter final with a score of 708.45 on March 14 - claimed the other spot. Pickens placed second on the one-meter board (611.75) on Friday.
After two days of competition at the three-day meet, there are seven remaining qualifying spots for NCAAs.
Platform specialists Rowell and Boushakra - who placed third and fourth, respectively, on the platform at the Pac-12 Championships - will compete on the platform as the meet concludes on Saturday. Rowell earned her NCAA qualifying spot last year by placing third in the event and went on to earn All-America honors with her fifth-place finish on the platform at the national meet.