Taylor Sets NT Record In Final Day Of NCAAs
The third and final day of the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships saw junior diver Rebecca Taylor perform in the platform dive.
HOUSTON - The third and final day of the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships saw junior diver Rebecca Taylor perform in the platform dive making her the first North Texas diver to compete in back-to-back zone meets in the program's history. She is also one of only two divers to perform in the event at a zone meet in NT history.
The only other diver to compete on the platform at a zone meet for NT was junior Catherine Johnson during last season's championships.
Taylor's ability to perform on the platform at the meet was nothing short of remarkable due limited practice time on a tower each season. Despite this, she scored a 164.45, which placed her at 26th in the region alongside divers from programs such as Texas, LSU and Missouri.
With a strong finish in day three, NT concluded its fifth-ever trip to the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships, and it brought three divers to the event, which tied a school record. The Mean Green previously brought a diving trio to zones in 2011.
In day two, Johnson scored a 247.85 in the one-meter competition, her second-best performance in the event on the season since scoring a 268.05 against TCU. Her 23rd-place finish was just short of championship round qualification, a spot that is earned by placing 18th or better in the quarterfinal round (12th or better in the platform dive).
Taylor also dove in the one-meter placing 40th. She scored a 218.15 in the event.
Senior captain Delia Covo was the third diver to jump on day two after missing day one due to illness. She notched a 209.75 score in the one-meter for a 44th place finish. The 2013 zone meet is Covo's second zone meet competition; she first appeared in the 2011 zone diving meet.
On day one, Taylor's 12th-place finish in the three-meter, a season-best score of 292.50, was the best finish in a zone meet in North Texas diving history, and she became the first NT diver to ever reach the championship round of a zone meet, an outstanding feat to add to her platform accolades.
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