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Lindsay Hamilton competes in the 3-meter diving preliminaries during the MAC Championship Feb. 25 at the Aquatic Center. Hamilton placed second in the event final with a score of 320.65, helping the Bobcats win the championship with 669.5 points. (Erin Corneliussen | PICTURE EDITOR)

Swimming & Diving: Diver aims at postseason

Years of diving have come down to one meet.

Senior Lindsay Hamilton will be one of two Bobcats attempting to compete at the national swimming and diving meet. She heads to Columbus today in order to achieve that goal.

The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio, will host the 2011 NCAA Zone C diving preliminaries. Hamilton will attempt to become one of 42 divers who make it to the NCAA Championships.

“It’s always exciting when someone goes on to postseason play,” coach Greg Werner said. “It’s obviously the elite of the elites, but we want to take it one more level, we want to go on to the NCAA Championships.”

Hamilton will participate in the 1-meter event today and the 3-meter event Friday. Werner said Hamilton has prepared herself well but will need to be at her best to make the list of 42.

“As tough as it is to compete on the swimming side, it’s probably harder on the diving side,” Werner said. “She’s going to have to be the best she’s been all year long in order to advance.”

No diver has ever advanced to the NCAA Championship in Werner’s tenure as Ohio swimming and diving coach, but he said Hamilton has as good a chance as any to be the first.

“We think that she’s put herself in the best position during her collegiate career to achieve that goal — and that’s to advance to the NCAA Championships,” Werner said.


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