FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Carlee Burks closed out one of the most prolific diving career in CSU Bakersfield’s history on Wednesday by competing in her final event at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships. Burks, a native of Bakersfield, took on the platform tower one last time and finished 36th overall, a new best placing for the senior.
“I am super proud of Carlee,” said Chris Hansen, Director of Swimming for the ‘Runners. “She is what I look for in a student-athlete. She has been an inspiration to my team as well as myself.”
Through three of five dives on Wednesday, Burks was 35th of 37 with a score of 92.70 points. Burks finished strong on the final two dives and posted a score of 163.20 points. At last year’s Zones, Burks scored 186.75 points on a lower degree of difficulty and finished 37th. This year, she climbed one spot to 36th overall.
Burks, who graduated from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, will leave the program with both of CSU Bakersfield’s springboard records. As a junior, Burks smashed the 3-meter record by almost 30 points with a six-dive total score of 337.28 points. This year, the senior also claimed the 1-meter record, breaking Laura Lafranchise’s 11-year-old record with an outstanding 311.48 points.
The Bakersfield native continued a career year in 2017 by claiming a pair of medals at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in February. During her four-year career, Burks claimed an impressive 13 WAC Diver of the Week honors and will leave the program with a legacy of success in her wake.