Immediate Release: March 12, 2008
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BU's Graham Heads to NCAA Zone 'A' Diving Championships
Bearcat junior is program's first diver to compete at national competition
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton junior diver Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) is headed to Buffalo this weekend to compete at the NCAA A Zone Diving Championships. The competition, hosted by the University at Buffalo, runs from March 14-16 and will feature the top divers from throughout the Northeast zone.
The third-year diver has enjoyed a breakout season setting school records in both the one-meter (318.07) and three-meter events (348.00) en route to becoming the first Binghamton diver to qualify for the NCAA Zones Championship.
"This meet is an exciting challenge for Ryan," diving coach Anna Tutunnikova said. "Making it to the NCAA Zone meet brings all of us to the next level. We deserve to be at that meet. All the divers are excited, and we know we are on the right track."
"Ryan is just beginning to realize his potential," head coach Sean Clark said. "We are proud to have him represent Binghamton at this prestigious event."
Graham broke a 17-year old school record in the one-meter dive in the Bearcats' dual meet win over Drexel on January 12.
The Vestal, N.Y. native posted a score of 318.07 breaking the previous school mark of 279.70 set in 1990 and surpassing the NCAA Zone standard of 290.
His mastery continued less than a week later when he took down an 11-year old school record and surpassed the Zone standard (310) on the three-meter board in Binghamton's Jan. 16 victories over Stony Brook and Lafayette. Graham posted a score of 322.10 in that meet, and would later trump that mark with a score of 348.00 in a Jan. 19 win over St. Bonaventure.
At February's America East Championships, Graham recorded his finest performance to date in the leage meet, medaling with third-place honors in both diving events.
The Zone Championships, which are held in five geographical regions, will determine which 35 divers qualify for the NCAA Championships, held March March 27-29 in Federal Way, Washington. The top five divers from Zone A will qualify for the NCAA Championship.
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