March 14, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Members of the Michigan State diving team wrapped up the first day at the NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals in West Lafayette, Ind. Junior Cristee Cordes and sophomore Alison Menzies competed on the 3-meter board on the campus of Purdue University.
"It was a rough day," said assistant coach Eric Best. "The goal of a meet like this is to get yourself prepared and to get the experience. With today's meet, the coaches have to judge and they are much harder critics. So the scores overall are much lower. Tomorrow's a 1-meter board, so it's a lot less stressful in general. I will just tell them to go out and have fun and land on their head."
After a round of six dives, Cordes totaled a score of 228.10. At the conclusion of morning prelims, she placed 37th overall.
"Cristee did pretty well," said Best. "She did a dive today that she hadn't done in competition all year and got that off. I'm pretty happy with that. She was pretty solid throughout the meet. There were some things she could've done better, but she did well."
Menzies, who entered the meet with six individual wins on the 3-meter this season, finished with a score of 209.35. She placed 48th overall in the morning prelims.
"Alison had a rough day," Best said. "In warm ups, she took a pretty good hit after she crashed on her front three-and-a-half, which is a diver she's been doing pretty well. When she was spinning around, her leg slipped out and she landed on her stomach. It's hard after you do that to get your head back together in competition. I think it threw her off. She did some good things in the meet, but she did some things that were off."
The two Spartan divers will continue competition tomorrow, March 15, on the 1-meter board with prelims set for 10 a.m.