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Diving Continues National Dominance with NCAA Qualifiers
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 03/12/2012
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March 12, 2012

Last weekend at Zone E Championships, seniors Elina Eggers, Constantin Blaha and Cameron Bradshaw qualified to compete at the 2012 NCAA swimming and diving Championships. The Sun Devil divers contiuned Arizona State's reign as a perenial fixture at the NCAA Championships and on the national level. 

Eggers is making her third-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance this season after taking first place on platform at the Zone E Championships on Mar. 10. Last season, Eggers took second in the nation on platform at the NCAA Championships with a score of 345.60, less than 10 points behind NCAA Champion Brittany Viola of Miami. With her second-place finish, Eggers earned her second-consecutive All-American honors. Eggers is looking to become the first Arizona State women’s diver to win an NCAA Championship.

Blaha is also making his third-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. The senior solidified his spot at the national championships with his third-place finish on the men’s 3-meter springboard on Mar. 8. Blaha, a two-time Pac-12 Champion on the 3-meter, finished third nationally last season in the same event with a score of 450.40. Finishing third on the men’s 1-meter, Bradshaw earned a second-consecutive spot to compete at the NCAA Champions on Mar. 9.  In 2011, Bradshaw finished 14th in the nation on the men’s 1-meter springboard.

Eggers, Blaha and McCormick carry on the storied tradition of Arizona State’s diving program. Since 1966, the program boasts three divers have won a total of six NCAA Championships and 39 All-Americans.

 

Under Head Coach Mark Bradshaw

Under current ASU diving head coach Mark Bradshaw, a two-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year and nine-time Pac-12 Coach of the year, the program has had 11 divers earn a total of four NCAA individual titles and 37 All-American honors.

 

Notable All-Americans Under Bradshaw

 

Two-time All-American

Elina Eggers: 2011 Platform; 2010 Platform

Three-time All-American

Katrina Pfeuffer: 1997 Platform; 2000 1-meter, Platform

Riley McCormick: 2011 1-meter, 3-meter; 2010 Platform

Four-time All-American

Trisha Tumlinson: 2005 Platform; 2004 Platform; 2003 1-meter, Platform

Constantin Blaha: 2011 1-meter, 3-meter; 2010 Platform, 3-meter

Eight-tme All-American

Micky Benedetti: 2009 3-meter, Platform; 2008 1-meter, 3-meter, Platform; 2007 1-meter, 3-meter, Platform

Nine-time All-American

Joona Puhakka: 2006 1-meter, 3-meter; 2005 1-meter, 3-meter; 2004 1-meter, 3-meter, 2003 1-meter, 3-meter, Platform

 

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