Kiess Finishes Eighth on Platform at NCAA Championships
March 18, 2006
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Houston junior Anna Kiess scored 227.65 points in the finals of the platform competition Saturday to earn an eighth-place finish during the final day of the 2006 NCAA Championships at Gabrielsen Natatorium inside the Ramsey Center on the UGA campus.
The Hannover, Germany, native earned her place in the finals after scoring 275.25 points in the preliminaries to rank sixth.
Freshman Tania Cagnotto, who earned 11th and eighth-place finishes on the 1- and 3-meter springboard events earlier in the meet, finished 11th with 246.00 points.
With the divers' combined points, the Cougars finished in a tie for 23rd place at the meet with 34 points. It marked the sixth consecutive year that the UH placed among the Top 25 leaders at the nation's top collegiate meet.
Kentucky's Taryn Ignacio won the NCAA platform individual national championship after tallying 335.30 points. Hawai'i's Rui Wang finished second with 320.00 points.
Auburn won the 2006 NCAA team national championship with 518.5 points, while host Georgia finished a close second with 515.5 points.
The Cougar duo earned their places at the nation's top collegiate meet with their performances at the NCAA Zone D meet. Cagnotto won both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events at the NCAA Zone D meet, while Kiess finished second on the 1-meter board and third on the 3-meter event.
Kiess, who competed in her third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships, was a steady performer for the Cougars throughout the 2005-06 regular season. She was twice named C-USA Diver of the Week and finished second on the platform at the Conference USA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship in late February.
She entered the meet as the defending NCAA national runner-up on the platform.
Cagnotto is in her first collegiate season but has established herself as one of the program's finest divers. The Bolzano, Italy, native swept all three diving events at the C-USA Championship, joining former Cougar and five-time NCAA individual national champion Yulia Pakhalina as the only divers to accomplish that feat.
She also was a seven-time C-USA Diver of the Week honoree, setting a new UH single-season record in that category.
Both divers were joined by diving head coach Jane Figueiredo, who is now in her 16th season at UH. She has guided 21 divers to the NCAA Championships during her career, including seven to 28 All-America honors.