Tigers Complete Season at NCAA Zone Meet
KNOXVILLE, TN - The Clemson women's diving team concluded its first season of competition at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships on Wednesday at the University of Tennessee. No Tigers qualified to continue to the NCAA Championships, but there were a pair of top performances in the platform dive that highlighted the final meet of 2013.
"This meet served as a great learning experience for the ladies," said Head Coach Leslie Hasselbach Adams. "I was hoping to see all of them compete to their full potential during the course of the meet and we fell short of that goal.
"The four of our ladies who competed at this meet and will be returning next year know what this competition is about and they'd better carry that fire in their belly going into this meet next season."
The standout for the Tigers was Megan Helwagen, who was Clemson's top finisher in two of the three contested events. She finished 18th at the meet in the platform with a score of 205.25, which was her best of the season in the event. The sophomore also led the team in the one-meter with a 28th-place score of 228.15 and placed second on the team in the three-meter with a 32nd-place score of 228.45.
"Megan Helwagen was definitely a bright spot in the platform event," Adams said. "It was the best I have seen from her yet in a platform competition."
Elizabeth Tatum finished ahead of Helwagen in the three-meter, placing 28th with a score of 243.60. She also posted the 30th-best score in the one-meter (219.75) in her final collegiate meet.
Elsewhere, Emily Howard competed in all three events, finishing 20th in the platform (191.10), 32nd in the one-meter (214.25), and 34th in the three-meter (225.95). Juliana Melchionda placed 37th in the one-meter with a score of 198.65 and 40th in the three-meter with a score of 186.55. Chelsea Uranaka ranked 29th in the one-meter with her score of 220.15 for the Tigers.