Freshman Brandon Watson placed third at the Zone E Diving Regionals in the 1-meter dive and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
OKLAHOMA -- After day one of the 2007 NCAA Div. I Zone E Diving Regionals at Oklahoma Community College a pair of BYU freshman, Brandon Watson and Tawni Jones, qualified for the NCAA Championships. Jones will be joining All-American swimmer Angela Goodson, who qualified for the second straight year in the 100 fly, at the NCAA Championships.
"We had a really nice day today," said BYU dive coach Keith Russell. "Brandon and Tawni both qualified on the first day and that is always good when you can qualify that early."
The 2006-07 Mountain West Conference Diver of the Year, Watson, finished third in the 1-meter dive with an overall score of 640.30, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Travis Day placed 17th (501.45) for the Cougars and still has a chance at qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 3-meter and platform dives.
Jones led the women's side for BYU placing third in the 3-meter (601.60). She was followed by Angela Nelson's ninth-place finish (534.15) and Ava Jackman taking 15th (509.60).
"Tawni did a really nice job for us today," said Coach Russell. "She was consistent in all her dives."
For her performances as the 2007 MWC Championships Goodson has qualified for the 2007 NCAA Championships held March 8-10 in the 100 fly. Goodson swam the 100 fly last year at the NCAA Championships placing 14 overall. With her B cuts Goodson has also qualified for the 200 fly and 200 IM.
The Zone E Regional for the divers will continue on Friday with the men competing in the 3-meter and the women in the 1-meter and the platform on Saturday.