COLUMBIA, Mo.-- The University of North Dakota diving team completed the Mizzou Invite Saturday with some noteworthy performances in the platform events.
"It was a good day on the platform" UND Head Diving Coach Brian Strom said. "Rick Eberle and Clayton Metcalf finaled and finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Keith Krawza was hesitant but did fine in his first platform event (9th)."
Eberle scored 262.25 in the finals for fifth place and Metcalf racked up 236.75 points to grab sixth.
"On the women's side, Rachael Waldbillig and Cassidy Tangeman both did well. Now, we prepare for the finish of the semester and we get ready for the second half of the season."
Waldbillig and Tangeman were 20th and 23rd overall. Waldbillig scored 162.25 in her first meet competing from the tower.
"Rick Eberle had an awesome night, moving up four spots from prelims to finish fourth," UND Head Diving Coach Brian Strom said. "Clayton Metcalf also had a good afternoon, finishing ninth."
Eberle was just under seven points ahead of Metcalf after the prelim round to grab the eighth spot in the finals. Once there, the senior racked up a score of 314.85 to catapult himself to fourth place in the three-meter board in the process.
"The women had a better day today," Strom said. "It's our platform events on Saturday and we hope to finish out this meet strong."
Rachael Waldbillig and Jen Anklan were the highlights for the women from the one-meter board Friday. Waldbillig scored 194.20 and Anklan was less than a point behind her for 33rd in a deep field.
"Rick Eberle had a slow start in the morning and a good finish in the finals," UND Head Diving Coach Brian Strom said. "The rest of the men had a good day with the quality of diving teams here."
Eberle picked up eighth place in the 1-meter dive after advancing to the evening's finals. His 263.15 in the prelims in the morning were good enough to advance among teams from Utah, West Virigina, Southern Illinois, Saint Louis and host Missouri.
"It was a tough start for the women," Strom admitted. "But Alexis Eissinger was our bright spot today. It's hard to find a good flow when you start slowly as we did. They'll know the kind of competition they will face and are already ready to go tomorrow."
Eissinger finished 28th in a field of 46 from the 3-meter board Thursday. Her score of 203.75 led the UND fivesome competing at the event.