BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Madeline Sewell led Michigan State on the final day of the NCAA Division Zone C Diving Championships on Friday, March 10. Sewell finished fifth overall in the one-meter dive and will now compete in the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships on March 16.
Sewell will be the first Spartan on the Michigan State women's swimming & diving team to compete in the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships since 2002. In the preliminary rounds of the one-meter dive after six dives Sewell nabbed a score of 288.30 to qualify for the finals in fourth place. In the finals, she picked up a score of 273.70 to finish fifth overall with a combined final score of 562.00.
"It was fantastic, she did a terrific job," said swimming and diving coach Eric Best. "She didn't miss a single dive. She had 12 really, really good dives today. It's been a really rough year for her. She's been dealing with some sickness issues all year long so we've really had to limit her training this year and it was great to see her finish the regular season this way."
Sophomore Julia Oppedisano was the next top-finisher for MSU in the preliminary rounds with a final score of 233.45, a 30th-place finish. Sophomores Heidi Surdyk and Morgan Wellenzohn rounded out the MSU competitors with final scores in the preliminaries of 226.30 and 197.20, respectively.
Sewell will now compete in the 2017 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships. The championships meet stretches from March 15-18, but Sewell will compete on Thursday, March 16 at 1 p.m. in the one-meter dive at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.