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Devon Cooper of Women’s Swimming & Diving Ready for NCAA Zone Diving Qualifier

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior diver Devon Cooper will continue her outstanding season for the Wesleyan University women's swimming & diving team, as she will make her debut at the NCAA Division III Zone Diving Qualifier on Friday and Saturday from Middlebury College.

The 3-meter event will be held on Friday at 2 p.m., and the 1-meter competition will occur on Saturday at noon from the Middlebury Natatorium.

"Devon Cooper has had an amazing year," said Wesleyan men's and women's diving coach Devon O'Nalty. "Not only did she increase her degree of difficulty by over a full point in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events, but she managed to average a score of 230 points for most dual meets – a personal best for her. Her hard work paid off this season with her regional qualifying accomplishment, and a record-breaking score of 397.60 off the 1-meter board. I could not be prouder of how she composed herself throughout the year, remained laser-focused on her goals, and achieved her highest level of collegiate success. This puts her in a very good position for next year, and I cannot wait to see what she does next."

Cooper, who hails from Salinas, Calif., compiled a school record of 397.60 off the 1-meter board on Feb. 16 at the NESCAC Championship en route to finishing sixth overall in the championship final. She broke Jessica Holden's varsity record of 389.75, which was established in 1993.

During the three-day conference championship at Williams, Cooper additionally finished fifth in the preliminaries off the 3-meter board (392.65), seventh in the championship final of the 3-meter event (383.90) and seventh in the preliminaries of the 1-meter event (388.70).

Cooper will be competing in Region 3 (Northeast-North), as she will look to qualify for her first NCAA Division III Championship on March 21-24 in Indianapolis, Ind.