CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Junior women's diver Jing Leung defended her NCAA Zone A platform dive title Wednesday and punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships.
Leung was tremendous in the finals Wednesday, advancing from her third-place position during the prelims to post a final tally of 519.55, winning the event by 36.70 points. Leung entered the finals with a score of 227.40, but put together a spectacular five-dive set to take top honors for the second year in a row.
The NCAA Championships will be held in Indianapolis March 15-18. Leung has competed at NCAAs in each of her two prior seasons of competition and earned first team All-America honors last year with an eighth-place finish. Leung became the first diver since 1988 to earn first team All-America and is one of only two Harvard platform divers to receive the distinction.
Leung's performance capped off a strong week for the Harvard divers at Zones, as her teammate Mikaela Thompson reached the finals of the one- and three-meter events. On the men's side, David Pfeifer reached the finals on the three-meter and Bobby Ross placed seventh on the one-meter, just one spot shy of an NCAA berth.