Thomas Earns Second Career NCAA Championships Berth

MUTIGERS.COM Sophomore Clark Thomas won the 1-meter at the Zone D Championships to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships.
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Sophomore Clark Thomas won the 1-meter at the Zone D Championships to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships.
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March 11, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS - Mizzou sophomore diver Clark Thomas won the 1-meter springboard at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships Tuesday to earn a berth to the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, March 27-29, in Austin, Texas. This marks Thomas' second career NCAA appearance, as he also qualified as a freshman in 2013.

Thomas joins senior David Bonuchi and sophomore Lauren Reedy as NCAA qualifiers, both of whom earned bids on Monday.

The Olathe, Kan., native tallied a two-session score of 793.90 to won the 1-meter title. He notched a then-career best 396.50 in prelims to advance to the finals. In the finals session, Thomas sat in third after four rounds but moved up to second after a 72.00 in his fifth dive with one remaining. The last competitor of the event, Thomas erupted for a 77.50 on his final dive to claim the win. His finals score of 394.70 surpassed his prelims total to set a new career high.

Bonuchi, who qualified for NCAAs on Monday after a second-place finish on the 3-meter, scored 719.90 total points to take 10th. The Columbia, Mo., native had a prelims score of 374.55 and posted 345.35 in finals.

In the women's 3-meter competition, Reedy posted a ninth-place finish with 632.90 points. Reedy, who placed second on the 1-meter Monday to earn her first career NCAA bid, had scores of 306.75 in prelims and 326.25 in finals.

Also competing on the 3-meter was redshirt junior Loren Figueroa, who placed 15th with 599.40 points. Figueroa tallied 310.65 in finals after a prelims total of 288.75.

The NCAA Zone D Diving Championships conclude on Wednesday with the men's and women's platform competitions.

 

 

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