Dec. 7, 2008
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Bulldog diving team wrapped up competition at the Galbraith Diving Invitational hosted by Rutgers Sunday afternoon with the three-meter event. The meet, which was the first opportunity for the divers to dive in an extended meet format, was not scored on a team basis, so it allowed each diver to focus on his individual performances.
The team was led by sophomore Eric Olson in the three-meter event. Olson placed sixth in the finals with a score of 245.13. Olson, who was the only Eli diver to qualify for the eight diver finals, tallied a score of 248.95 in the preliminary round. Olson has been very successful in the three-meter event this season, winning it in dual meets against Columbia and Southern Connecticut State. Olson has already qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in the three-meter event.
Olson was joined in competing at the Galbraith Diving Invitational by Bulldogs freshman Colton Staab and junior Drew Teer. Staab placed ninth at the meet, narrowly missing the finals by one spot. In the preliminaries, Staab scored 241.80. He was closely followed by Teer in 11th, who scored 235.00 points.
The Bulldog performance in diving this year has been especially impressive considering that it is such a young team. The team graduated three divers last year, including Jeffrey Lichtenstein '08, who competed at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.
The divers will next compete on Jan. 9 against Cornell and Navy at Cornell.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity