PSS: region’s schools take the plunge

ON FRIDAY, MARCH 1, AND SATURDAY, MARCH 2, THE ROBISON POOL HOSTED the NCAA Division III Northeast-North Men’s and Women’s Diving Regionals. 43 divers from 23 different schools performed both 1-meter and 3-meter, 11-dive programs, competing for spots in the NCAA Division III national championships. The nationals will be held March 19–22 at the Indiana University Natatorium. The women’s programs—the 3-meter on Friday and the 1-meter on Saturday—were both won by McKenzie Murdoch, a senior at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with scores of 518.05 and 490.60, respectively. RPI had two women compete in both the 3-meter and 1-meter events, with Maggie Cullather taking seventh and thirteenth with scores of 433.10 and 414.35, respectively, and Maddie Miller taking eleventh and seventeenth with scores of 410.95 and 405.10, respectively. Rensselaer Head Diving Coach Maria Coomaraswamy-Falkenstein, part of the Institute’s program since 2003, appeared satisfied with her divers, especially after Cullather’s fifth dive. The inward 1 1/2 pike, a 2.4 degree of difficulty dive, landed her average scores of 7 1/2s from judges for a 54-point, first place round total. RPI had no men participate in the weekend competition, in which Tuft University’s Johann Schmidt placed first in both events, scoring 576.20 in the 1-meter program and 592.20 in the 3-meter. Schmidt’s two best dives, a back 2 1/2 pike and a forward 2 1/2, 1 twist pike, both tied with 67.50 points, attained judges’ awards up to 8.