Zhang Places Sixth On 3-Meter At NCAA Championships
March 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Illinois State junior diver Wenting Zhang followed up an All-American performance Thursday with a better one Friday, when she finished the 3-meter competition in sixth place overall at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Friday's competition wrapped up a long third season for Zhang, but it certainly ended on a high note.
"It was an absolutely amazing event the last two days and any time you get to compete against the best in the country, it's an honor," ISU diving coach Phil Hoffman said. "She stood up there with the best divers in the country today, competed strong and showed that she belonged in the competition."
Zhang began the competition by placing sixth in the prelims with a total score of 352.30. By finishing in the top eight, the Shenzhen, China, native moved into the finals, where she maintained her position and finished in sixth place with a score of 363.90 to earn All-American honors.
"What a way to end a tremendous season, with an All-America honor and the sixth-best dive in the country," Hoffman said. "It was an outstanding season for Wendy and one for the record books. I couldn't be more proud of her and the way she represented herself and Illinois State this week on a national stage."
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