March 11, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - California junior Molly Hayes placed eighth in the one-meter springboard final on Friday in the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships held at the Minnesota Aquatics Center. Hayes posted a total score of 518.05 for the Golden Bears. She moved up seven spots from the one-meter prelim, in which she finished 15th with a score of 251.60.
Three other Bears competed in the one-meter prelim. Senior Laura Sanford just missed reaching the final by one spot, as she was 19th with a score of 243.05 in the prelim. Also in the prelim, freshman Kahley Rowell finished 38th with a score of 213.00 and sophomore Kelsey Heiken took 44th with a score of 205.05.
To reach the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, divers qualify through the various NCAA zonal meets around the country. Four divers have already qualified at the Zone E meet, with two spots remaining.
"Molly did a great job in the final," Cal diving coach Todd Mulzet said. "She was steady the whole day and stepped it up during the final to move up seven spots. If she would have been in a higher spot going into the final, she would've been close to a qualifying spot.
"She knows how to compete. We're really looking forward to next year. She looks like she belongs in that group going to NCAAs. I don't doubt that next year that she and Kelsey will be in that group. I thought both those girls did a great job on springboard for me. Tomorrow we have Laura and Kahley on the platform, and they have a chance to qualify."
The Bears compete in the platform on Saturday, the last day of the NCAA zonal meet.
March 11 in Minneapolis
Cal Results in 1-meter springboard
8. Molly Hayes 518.05.