COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Freshman Paige Greely represented the Rams well in platform diving on Saturday at the NCAA Diving Zone E Championships. Greely scored 174.90 for a 30th-place finish during the final day of competition.
Making the score more impressive is the fact that CSU rarely competes in platform diving, giving the freshman little practice time.
“I thought she did a good job,” diving coach Kevin Witt said. “Her scores were not really high, but four out of the five dives were really good.”
Greely, a Seattle, Wash., native, earned the highest finish on the weekend for a CSU diver, placing 28th out of 49 athletes during Thursday’s 3-meter jumps (260.25). Ariana Milone and Maxelise Thorn also represented the Rams in 1- and 3-meter springboards after qualifying for NCAA Zones for their performances throughout the season.
All three divers will be back next season; Thorn has two years of eligibility remaining while Greely and Milone have three. It is CSU's largest group represented at Zones since 2005, and tied for second in the Mountain West.
“Overall, Zones were good,” Witt said. “It was challenging and long with a lot of people here, but it was a good test and a good learning experience for everyone involved. I’m confident that the experience will help these three, and the rest of our diving squad, for the future.”
Greely and Milone have anchored the team this season with their record-breaking performances and unwavering determination. Both athletes faced injuries at the beginning of the season, but have made huge contributions to the team since they’ve been back. Collectively, the two hold nine of CSU’s top 10 season scores in 1- and 3-meter springboards. Milone is the second-highest scorer in Rams’ 3-meter history, while Greely ranks among the top-five athletes in CSU annals in both 1-and 3-meter diving.
The young athletes have been refreshing additions to the team and promise a strong diving program in the seasons to come.
“I think it’s exciting to think about the future for the diving program,” Witt said. “They learned a lot this year because of how long a season it has been. They dealt with injuries, overcame a lot, learned a lot and did well through it. It’s exciting for the future because they’ll just keep getting better.”
Although the diving season has ended, the most important part is about to begin for swimming star Breann Fuller. Fuller’s times in the 100 and 200 Backstroke events qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
The Championships will take place March 21-23 in Indianapolis, Ind. ESPN3.com will stream finals sessions on March 22 and 23, and ESPNU will air a 90-minute show at 6 p.m. MT on Wednesday, March 27.