ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 11, 2011 – James Madison diving placed three divers in the top 17, including two in the top five, of the three-meter board finals at the NCAA Zone A Championships in Annapolis, Md. on Friday. The three-day events are being held in Lejeune Hall on the campus of the Naval Academy.
Sophomore Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) led the way for JMU, finishing third in the finals with a score of 554.80. She ended qualifying in seventh with a score of 260.00.
Senior Jessie Everett (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) finished fifth in the finals. She scored a 539.70. Junior Nicole Jotso (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern), the 2010-11 Colonial Athletic Association three-meter champion, finished 17th with a score of 465.25. Last season, Everett and Jotso finished ninth and 13th, respectively, in the Zone A Championships.
Junior Chelsea Savage (Bedford, Texas/L.D. Bell) was Madison’s final participant in the field of 49 divers. She finished preliminaries in 25th with a 218.20.
Connecticut’s Danielle Cecco won the three-meter championship with the only score to break 600. Cecco recorded a 614.25 to edge Jennifer Betz of Rutgers. Helfrich was followed by Sarah Milton of Virginia Tech in fourth, Everett in fifth, Boston’s Melinda Matyas in sixth and Maryland’s Jessica Whelan rounding out the top seven.
Only Virginia Tech had more divers reach the finals of the Championships. The Hokies had four participants in the field of 18 finalists. Princeton was the only other team with multiple finalists with two.
Day two of the Zone A Championships continues at 1 p.m. on Saturday from LeJeune Hall in Annapolis, Md.
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