COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Houston diving team concluded its run at the NCAA Zone D Meet on Wednesday with the platform event at the Mizzou Aquatic Center to wrap up the 2016-17 season.
Freshman Katelyn Abernathy represented the Cougars on the final day of the three-day NCAA qualifying meet. The Charlotte, N.C. native netted a total score of 190.50 to finish 23rd overall during prelims but it wouldn’t be enough to move on to finals. Abernathy’s best dive came in the fourth round on the 5-meter platform. Her back 1 ½ somersault 1 ½ twist free earned her a trio of 6.0’s to give her a score of 45.00.
On Tuesday, Abernathy along with Micaela Bouter and Lauren Burrell competed in the 1-meter dive. Bouter earned her second consecutive finals appearance finishing 11th overall – three spots shy of the all-important seventh place. Freshman Burrell and Abernathy had impressive first trips to zones finishing 31st and 36th, respectively.
The Cougar diving team wrap up a historic season as the Houston Swimming & Diving team won the program’s first conference championship. The divers were well represent on the podium at the American Athletic Conference Championships. Lead by junior Bouter who was named the league’s Most Outstanding Diver after earning her second conference crown in the 3-meter springboard while finishing runner up on the platform dive. Freshman Abernathy also captured two conference medals finishing second in the 3-meter and third in the platform event.
The Houston swimming team will travel to Mesa, Ariz., to compete at the USA Swimming Arena Pro Series on April 13-15 to swim against some of the world’s best swimmers.
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