March 8, 2017
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Sophomore diver Cassidy Bose made history Wednesday at the Zone E Diving Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., finishing 11th on platform to become the first Boise State diver in program history to qualify for NCAA Championships.
The top 11 finishers at the Zone E Championships automatically qualified for the national meet. Bose joins the Bronco contingent at the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, scheduled for March 15-18 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
"Going into the meet, I didn't really have any big expectations. I just wanted to have fun and stay relaxed," said Bose. "After making finals I was so excited and just wanted to put together another solid list, and that's what I did. Making it to NCAAs is something I didn't think was in reach for me but it feels unreal and I can't wait to experience them."
Wednesday in Flagstaff, Bose got off to a hot start in prelims, scoring a 52.20 on her opening dive. Needing a top-18 finish to qualify for the finals, she was in 10th entering the fifth and final round of dives, where she came up clutch by scoring 52.65. That gave her a total score of 239.55 in prelims, good for ninth place and, more importantly, a cushion of 15.85 points over the 12th-place diver.
Bose ended up scoring 224.35 in the finals, slipping two spots but holding on to the 11th and final qualifying spot for NCAAs. Her combined score of 463.90 was 19.05 ahead of the 12th-place finisher, Serena Sedillo of Fresno State. Arizona State's Mara Aiacoboae won the Zone E platform title with a final score of 589.40.
"We did not go into the contest thinking about qualifying for NCAAs, and I don't think that was on any of our minds. We just took it one dive at a time," said Boise State diving head coach Brandon Blaisdell. " I think after putting down five good dives in a row, Cassidy found her groove and built some confidence going into finals.
"It's a very tough competition. Most of those divers practice platform much more than we do. Cassidy showed she has the ability to hang in there with the best of them, and I'm very proud of how she performed today," Blaisdell added.
Senior Karli Kriewall finished 22nd in prelims with a score of 202.35, while freshman Taylor Hosein (175.05) was 30th.
Boise State Swimmers and Divers Qualified For The 2017 NCAA Championships
Brittany Aoyama - 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free
Cassidy Bose - Platform Diving
Emma Chard - 200 free, 500 free, 1,650 free
Katelyn Martin - 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly
200 Freestyle Relay (Swimmers TBA)
400 Freestyle Relay (Swimmers TBA)
800 Freestyle Relay (Swimmers TBA)
200 Medley Relay (Swimmers TBA)
400 Medley Relay (Swimmers TBA)