FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – CSU Bakersfield’s Carlee Burks opened the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships on Monday with the 3-meter springboard competition. After starting out with a solid score in the first few rounds, Burks was unable to post a strong enough mark to advance to the 3-meter finals.
“Today was not our best day on the 3-meter board, typically a strong event for Carlee,” said Ben Herboth, Diving Coach for the Roadrunners. “She came out a little flat and we never quite got into rhythm. However, Carlee improved upon her finish from last year and the year prior, so, overall, I'm still very proud of her and the year that she had on the event.”
Through the first three dives of the 3-meter preliminaries, Burks was 27th of 54 divers with an overall score of 127.75 points. After a rough dive in the fourth round, Burks slipped back to 41st. Burks’ final two dives were solid, but she was unable to make up ground and finished 42nd overall with a final score of 237.05 points.
“We’re looking forward to putting today's finish behind us and focus on tomorrow,” Herboth said. “Carlee is a great 1-meter diver and I am excited to see what she can do. She knows she can hang with these girls and I think she's anxious to prove that tomorrow.”
Tomorrow, Burks and the rest of the field will return to the Wall Aquatic Center in Flagstaff, Ariz. for the second day of competition. Tuesday will feature the women’s 1-meter springboard, beginning at 10 a.m. (PT).