Feb. 20, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Mizzou redshirt sophomore Loren Figueroa posted a dramatic come-from-behind win in the women's 1-meter dive on Wednesday during day two action at the 2013 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in College Station. The Tiger women sit in sixth-place with 274 points with three days of competition remaining.
Figueroa, who entered finals as the top prelims qualifier, never led the finals session until her sixth and final dive secured the SEC title with a total score of 315.45. She placed seventh after round one, fourth after round two, second halfway through and third with two dives left. She responded with a 60.00 in her fifth dive to enter the final round just two points behind the leader, Texas A&M's Rebecca St. Germain.
The last diver of the night, Figueroa needed a 55.45 on her final attempt to win the title. She responded with a 58.50 in the sixth round to cap the dramatic comeback and earn the SEC crown. The win marked Figueroa's second career conference title, as she claimed the 2011 Big 12 Championship as a freshman.
"I was really nervous," Figueroa said. "I usually like going towards the end. I was definitely pumped up and excited to go and I think I let that get a little bit out of hand on my first couple dives. After that I calmed down and just tried to have fun and things started to go smoother."
In the pool, senior Dominique Bouchard placed fifth in the 200 IM with a career best time of 1:59.49. The time was 0.24 faster than her prelims swim from the morning. In the C final, senior Rachel Ripley took fifth in 2:00.60, while freshman Danielle Spradlin was eighth in 2:02.88.
Senior Cassie Cunningham
was Mizzou's top finisher in the 50 free, as she placed fifth in the B final in a time of 22.62. Sophomore Emily Doucette
placed eighth in the C final with a 23.05.
In the 200 free relay, Missouri's team of Cunningham, sophomore Danielle Barbiea, Doucette and freshman Anna Patterson posted a season best time of 1:29.20 to take fifth.
The SEC Championships resume on Thursday, Feb. 21 with preliminary action at 10 a.m. and the finals session at 6 p.m.