Stanford women earn bids into NCAA diving championships


Stanford's Meg Hostage and Stephanie Phipps both secured spots into next week's NCAA Championships following two days of diving at the Zone E Championships in Minnesota.

On the men's side, a quartet of Cardinal finished in the top 15 in Friday's action.

Hostage finished second in the one-meter event with a score of 613.20. Phipps qualified for the big meet based on her third-place finish in Thursday's three-meter event.

Stanford placed all four male divers in the finals for the second-straight day. Brent Eichenseer led the way with a score of 744.55 for fifth, while freshman Dhruv Tyagi was seventh with a mark of 738.65.

Hostage never scored lower than a 7.0 in any of the six dives in the finals. Her best round was a reverse 1 ½ somersault pike which scored 8.0 or better from six of the seven judges for 57.60 points.

Eichenseer faltered on his first dive, averaging 5.0's, before hitting 6.5 or better the rest of the way. His best was a reverse 2 ½ somersault pike for 72.00 points, a score of 8.0's or better from all seven judges.

Tyagi was consistent throughout, never scoring below a 6.5, and hitting 8.0 or better on his final dive for 81.60 points on a reverse 1 ½ somersault with 3 ½ twists.

Track and field

Stanford's Elliott Heath finished fifth in the men's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor championships in College Station on Friday.

Heath raced 13:34.54, finishing nearly nine seconds behind Iona's Leonard Korir, who set a meet record with a time of 13:26.01.

Chris Derrick was eighth in 13:36.87 and Miles Unterreiner was 15th in 14:33.69.

Stanford's distance relay team of sophomore Andrew Berberick, junior Amaechi Morton, junior Dylan Ferris and senior John Sullivan also scored, running a 9:35.02 to finish eighth. BYU won the race in 9:29.28.

Morton qualified for the finals of the men's 400 meters, running a 46.45, the fifth fastest qualifying time.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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