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Hayhurst Finishes Fourth at NCAA 3m Diving Competition, Earns All-America Status
SHENANDOAH, Texas (CentreColonels.com) – The opening day of competition at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships is complete and it was another outstanding day for Centre junior Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) who finished fourth in the 3m diving finals to earn All-American recognition.
Tonight's competition marked the fourth All-America honors won by Hayhurst in her storied Centre diving career, taking home one All-America performance as a freshman and two more as a sophomore. The third place finish on the 3m board ties her highest finish at the NCAA Championships in her career, as she also finished fourth on the 3m board in 2015 as a freshman.
It was an excellent end of the day for Hayhurst, who overcame a slow start in the preliminaries. After her first series of dives saw her in 17th place, Hayhurst went on a tear, scoring 50 points on three straight dives and 57 on a fourth to cap off her afternoon session and earn a place in the finals. Once there, Hayhurst scored 450.35 points in the finals to edge MIT's Vivian Zhou by less than a point and tie her best finish as a collegian.
Hayhurst will be back in action on Friday when she competes on the 1m board, an event that has been the highest scoring one for her junior campaign. The preliminary session will be at 1 PM CDT, while the finals will be at 6 PM CDT. Teammate Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.) will race in the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday.