Stanford men’s diving saw all four of its team members qualify for the NCAA Championships at the Zone E Diving Championships earlier this week at the Northern Arizona Aquatic Complex.
This is the second time in a row that the entire squad has qualified, demonstrating the recurring strength of the Cardinal’s male diving cohort.
Pac-12 diver of the month, senior Bradley Christensen, came ahead of the pack in the 3-meter dive. He finished the final round with a 748.60 score. Christensen not only won the event, but did so by a solid margin, posting a difference of more than 16 points between himself and the runner-up, Dashiell Enos from USC.
Christensen also placed second in the 1-meter final round, notching a 713.90. The Stanford diver was one-upped by USC’s Henry Fusaro, who finished with a 719.05. The two divers were both way ahead of their competition, with Enos coming in third on the podium with a 694.50 score.
Junior Ted Miclau continued upon Stanford’s trajectory, ending up sixth for the 1-meter and boasting a 634.05 final score. Freshman Cameron Thatcher, who has already earned a reputation for himself despite being a newcomer, earned himself a ninth-place finish (621.50). These impressive conclusions to the competition allowed all three divers to make the NCAA A-cuts.
Christensen, Miclau and Thatcher were joined by junior Tarek Abdelghany, who rounded out a stellar Cardinal performance with an 11th-place finish that qualified him for the NCAA B-cut.
Thatcher, Miclau and Abdelghany all also managed to place in the high ranks for the 3-meter dive, placing eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively. This qualified all three competitors for the NCAA B-cut.
During the last day of the event, Miclau and Abdelghany represented the Cardinal in the platform diving. Abdelghany, who netted a first place victory at the Pac-12 Championships two weeks ago, once again performed brilliantly, placing fifth and earning an A-cut. Miclau, who finished second in the Pac-12, outdid himself, capturing second place once again with a 766.60.
The team will be competing on 10 boards at the end of March in the NCAA Championships.
Stanford women’s diving impressed as much as their male counterparts, as Kassidy Cook and Haley Farnsworth clinched spots on both the 1-meter and the 3-meter boards for the upcoming NCAA Championships.
Cook, a senior and a member of the 2016 USA Olympic Diving Team, finished third (653.75) in the 3-meter round on Monday. Fellow teammate Farnsworth attained the final automatic qualifying spot, placing ninth (598.15) in the 3-meter. Thus, much like the men’s team, the Cardinal saw all-around success instantaneously on the women’s side.
These achievements continued on Tuesday as the women prepared to compete in the 1-meter round of the event.
Cook once again established herself as one of the leading divers in the collegiate world, bagging a third-place finish (628.20) and officially qualifying in both events. Cook had been atop the podium just two weeks ago, having won the 1-meter event at the Pac-12 Championships. Freshman rookie Farnsworth also tallied a qualifying score (564.95) that put her in eighth place for the 1-meter.
The two women will be competing against an extremely tough lineup starting next Wednesday at the NCAA Championships.
Contact Laura Sussman at laura111 ‘at’ stanford.edu.