March 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Led by an 11th place overall finish by junior Alison Menzies, the Michigan State divers competed at the 2014 Zone C Diving Championships on Thursday and Friday on the campus of Ohio State. Menzies was joined by Cristee Cordes, Maddie Sewell and Brennan Labar at the regional competition.
"All the divers were solid," said assistant coach Eric Best. "Today was a really good day for them. Alison (Menzies) was about 50 points out of making NCAAs. She had one really bad miss that cost her about 30 points. But I was proud she was in the hunt. It was about 35 places higher than she finished last year, so we were very happy with that. Maddie (Sewell) was 19th, the first one out of making the finals. She had a good meet, too. Cristee (Cordes) didn't have a great meet, but didn't have a bad meet either. Brennan (Labar) had a great first day. We finished 22nd on the 3-meter, which is his weaker event. He did really well. Today, he wasn't so great on the 1-meter, which is strange because it is his better event."
Earning MSU's highest finish at the meet and advancing to the finals, junior Alison Menzies finished 11th overall on the 3-meter board with a score of 284.05. Her final score in the event (11 dives) was 561.25. She also placed 22nd on the 1-meter, posting a score of 249.45.
Placing 20th overall on the 1-meter board was redshirt junior Cristee Cordes as she earned a score of 256.00. She also recorded a score of 258.10 to finish 26th in the 3-meter competition.
In her first Zone Championship meet, freshman Maddie Sewell finished 19th overall on the 3-meter board with a score of 267.65. She also posted a score of 244.30 to place 23rd overall on the 1-meter.
Making his first appearance at the Zone Championships, freshman Brennan Labar posted a score of 279.40 to place 22nd. On the second day of competition, he finished 39th overall on the 1-meter board with a score of 226.15.