By Ben Schmitz
Photo Credit: Reagan Lunn
ATLANTA — Senior Kahlia Warner earned her second All-American honor in two nights after diving to a third-place finish on the 3-Meter springboard at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Her finals score of 387.20 marked a new University of Florida school record as she closed out her diving career on the springboard.
A Queensland, Australia, native, Warner dove a remarkable six-dive point total of 381.20 in the prelims, which gave her the top seed entering tonight’s finals. There, she kept the momentum alive with a nearly flawless performance to finish third among the country’s top divers.
With last night’s Top-8 finish, Warner is now a two-time 2016 All-American with honors from the 1-Meter (finished in sixth-place last night) and tonight’s 3-Meter placings. She will dive the final event in her illustrious Gator career tomorrow afternoon when she competes from the tower. Prelims are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Quick-Cap from Today’s Swimming Prelims
Eight Gators competed across four of Friday’s preliminary events while seniors Natalie Hinds and Jessica Thielmenn led the way. Hinds had a strong showing in the 100-Yard Butterfly, clocking a time of 52.41 which nearly qualified her for tonight’s finals. The Midland, Texas, native finished 17th among the field of 55.
Also competing in the 100-Yard Butterfly was junior Alyssa Yambor-Maul. After qualifying in the event a season ago (45th, 53.43), the Tallahassee, Florida, native climbed the rankings for a 39th-place finish after touching the wall in a season-best time of 53.44.
In the 400-Yard IM, senior Jessica Thielmann swam a time of 4:09.09 to finish 21st among the field of 49. Freshman Hannah Burns (4:14.45) and Georgia-Mae Hohmann (4:14.87) followed behind in 36th and 45th place. Hohmann’s time of 4:14.87 cleared her season-best by over four seconds (4:18.94).
Senior Ashlee Linn and sophomore Amelia Maughan swam the final two races in today’s preliminary session — each taking part in the 200-Yard Freestyle. Linn’s time of 1:46.69 was good for a 39th-place finish while Maughan came in at 46th, posting a time of 1:47.13.
Florida Head Coach Gregg Troy on today’s Swimming Events:
“I’m really proud of the effort I saw from our swimmers today. We’re seeing some good things and we’ve continued to improve each day while setting some new season-best times for our girls.
“We would have liked to put more girls into tonight’s finals but that’s the difficult part about swimming at the NCAA Championships — we’re seeing a lot of records fall and this is an extremely talented field to go up against. We’ll get some rest, regroup, and we’ll be back and ready to go for tomorrow.”
Florida Head Diving Coach Dale Schultz on Warner’s Performance:
“It was exciting to watch tonight’s finals. Sharae Zheng from Nevada and Pei Lin from Miami dove exceptionally well and Kahlia was right there with them. She reset the school record and I couldn’t be happier for her to finish her springboard career that way.
“She’s worked incredibly hard these past few years and I’m really looking forward to watching her finish on a high note tomorrow.”
“Hats off to the other divers tonight, it was an incredible field and a great atmosphere to be a part of.”
Senior All-American Diver, Kahlia Warner on Her Night:
“I’ve worked so hard to get to this moment and it feels amazing. After winning the prelims, of course I wanted to win the title but just as we’ve seen before, anything can happen in diving and I couldn’t be happier with my finish.
“The competitiveness in the field at the NCAA Championships is what makes it so difficult to win here. The people you’re competing against are just as good if not better than you at times. You can’t expect anything less from the ‘A’ finals at the NCAA Championships. With that, when you are able to do well, it makes it all the more worth your while.”
Complete Performance Chart from Day Three Competition
|J. Thielmann||400 IM||4:09.90||21st|
|H. Burns||400 IM||4:14.45||36th|
|G. Hohmann||400 IM||4:14.97||40th|
|N. Hinds||100-Yard Butterfly||52.41||17th|
|A. Yambor-Maul||100-Yard Butterfly||53.44||39th|
|A. Linn||200-Yard Freestyle||1:46.69||39th|
|A. Maughan||200-Yard Freestyle||1:47.13||46th|
|K. Warner||2-Meter Diving||387.20 (381.20)||3rd|
– Alyssa Yambor-Maul clocked a season-best time of 53.44 in the event.
– Georgia Hohmann touched the wall in the 400-Yard IM with a time of 4:14.45 — besting her previous mark (4:18.94) by over four seconds.
In NCAA swimming and diving, athletes and relay teams who make the championship final (top eight) are considered First-Team All-Americans. Athletes and relay teams that qualify for the consolation final (determines places 9-16) are considered Honorable Mention All-Americans.
With last nights Top-8 finish, Warner gathers All-American honors for the second night in a row (finished sixth on last night’s 1-Meter).
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