UND divers impressive at Mizzou Invite
"Overall, it was a very good weekend," UND head diving coach Brian Strom said. "Rick Eberle set a new record in the platform and Clayton Metcalf had a good showing and will get decently better with more time.
"It was maybe Jen Anklan's best platform performance," Strom noted about the women's divers, who did not have a qualifier into the finals." Rachael Waldbillig was also good and steady. We go to Winnipeg (for platform work) three to four more times, so this was good."
Eberle erased his own platform record with a 279.65 score good for third place while Metcalf was close behind with 252.50 and Drew Germain compiled 202.50 points from the platform Saturday.
"We had a very good night," Strom said. "All of our men bettered their score from prelims. It was Clayton's best diving of the year and it was very good to see them step it up at finals."
Metcalf garnered fourth place with his 280.15 score, part of three UND divers in the top three from the three-meter board Friday. Eberle took runner-up honors with his 325.35 score, etching another NCAA Zone qualifying mark in the process. Germain was fifth wih a 272.30 score.
"On the women's side, we had a better day today, but didn't have anyone in the finals," Strom said." Anklan was top diver for us and the most consistant."
"It's good to compare where we are and where we need to be," UND head diving coach Brian Strom said after day one. "The men are competing against a diver that was a Division 1 national finalist last year and we have two-thirds of the schools here in our conference on the women's side, so it's a good early look at what we need to do at the conference meets at the end of the year."
Eberle finished third from the 1-meter board Thursday, piling up 312.15 points. Teammate Germain took fifth with a 281.60 score, a personal best.
"Drew had a better night than afternoon and he had a good afternoon," Strom said. "I think it could be his best performance at UND. Rick had a great night, just missed on a school record (313.20)."
North Dakota will honor its seniors next Saturday, hosting its final home meet of the season when it welcomes the Northern Iowa women and South Dakota State men to Hyslop Pool. Action is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.
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