March 10, 2013
FORT WORTH – TCU will be represented by Ricky Bradley and Katie Lybbert at the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Championships Monday through Wednesday at the CRWC Natatorium at the University of Houston. The competition is the qualifying event for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Bradley begins with the men’s 1-meter competition Monday at 11 a.m. with Lybbert taking part in the women’s 3-meter contest at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Lybbert starts the day at 11 a.m. with the women’s 3-meter event, and Bradley will take part in the men’s 3-meter contest at 5:30 p.m. Both will compete on platform on Wednesday with the women going at 11 a.m. and the men starting at 2:45 p.m.
Bradley, a sophomore, is coming off a very strong Big 12 Championships where he earned All-Big 12 honors on all three boards. His peak position of the meet came on platform, where he earned the bronze medal for his third place effort. However, he has been in his best form of late on the 3-meter board. At TCU’s final regular season meet against Texas, Bradley established a then career-high score of 343.50. During the finals of the Big 12 Championships, he raised his career-high score to 347.85.
Lybbert, a senior, will be looking to continue her TCU career another weekend. She has been TCU’s top diver on all three boards this season. At SMU in January, Lybbert became the third women’s diver in TCU history to score over 300 points on 3-meter with her score of 304.95.
TCU’s zone, Zone ‘D’, is one of the most challenging in the country with a long list of national champions and All-Americans to have emerged throughout its history. The zone consists of diving squads from the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Divers from Big 12 schools of Iowa State, Kansas and Texas will be in attendance.
Through the formula determined from last season’s NCAA Championships results, eight men and seven women will advance from the Zone Diving Championships to the NCAA Championships. The meet also uses a combined scoring format, where a divers score from prelims will carry over to the finals to help computate a divers final score.