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Cooper of Women’s Swimming & Diving Records Strong Day 1 Outing at NCAA Diving Qualifier

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

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Junior diver Devon Cooper of the Wesleyan University women's swimming & diving team showcased her immense skill set at the NCAA Division III Zone Diving Qualifier on Friday afternoon at Middlebury College, as she placed 15th overall out of 25 divers off the 3-meter board with a mark of 378.50.

"I was a bit nervous going into the event," Cooper said. "However, I was able to find my stride and realize that the best part of the meet was having fun with my fellow NESCAC divers. After that, I settled in and dove pretty well. I am really proud of the outcome, and cannot wait to start the 1-meter event."

Cooper, who is originally from Salinas, Calif., set a school record for the Cardinals during the 1-meter event with a score of 397.60 at the 2018 NESCAC Championship, as she placed sixth in the championship final.

During the three-day conference meet on Feb. 16-18 at Williams College, the sophomore standout also grabbed seventh-place recognition in the championship final off the 3-meter board (383.90), while checking in at the No. 5 slot during the preliminaries of the 3-meter event (392.65) and seventh in the preliminaries of the 1-meter event (388.70).

"Cooper dove extremely well," said Wesleyan men's and women's swimming & diving coach Devon O'Nalty. "Although she had a few missteps in warmups, she rallied back, remained focused, and proved that she belongs here. The 15th-place finish at her first NCAA Diving Qualifier is a true accomplishment. I am looking forward to her 1-meter event."

Cooper will take her talents to the 1-meter event on Saturday, starting at noon in Middlebury, Vt.