ATLANTA, Ga. – Senior Danielle Reitsma earned her career-best finish in any event at the 2017 ACC Championships, and the best finish for any Clemson diver in recent program history, when she placed fifth in the finals of the one-meter for the Clemson diving team on Tuesday night in Atlanta, Ga. The Calgary, Alberta native’s fifth-place finish is the best finish for a Tiger diver since the program became women’s-diving only in 2012-13. The previous best finish was Reitsma’s sixth place in the platform competition at the 2016 ACC Championships.
Reitsma recorded a score of 286.50 in the finals, after finishing fourth in the preliminary round with a score of 279.40. Both scores were NCAA Zone qualifying scores, her 10th and 11th of the season in the one-meter, a team best. Reitsma’s previous-best finish in the one-meter at ACC’s was a 12th-place mark during her junior season at the 2016 conference meet.
Three other Tiger divers finished in the top-24 of the one-meter, thus earning points for the team. Junior Hannah Donovan placed 16th with 252.65 points, and scored 11 points for the team. It was a career-best finish for the London, Ontario native, who placed 31st in 2015 and 29th in 2016 at the ACC meet.
Sophomore Jaya Brown took 19th place (249.30) for six points, and senior Sarah Braun finished 21st (245.40) to score four points for the Tigers. Brown, from Fishers, Ind., improved 14 spots from her freshman-year finish of 33rd in the event. Braun saved her best for her senior season, as the Beaverton, Ore. product’s previous-best finish in the one-meter was 23rd place as a junior at the 2016 ACC Championships.
Freshman Hannah Phelan (235.45) and junior Allison Brophy (230.10) also finished in the top 30 for Clemson, at 28th and 30th, respectively.
Clemson scored a total of 46 points in the one-meter event, 18 points better than the 28 points scored by the Tigers in the same event in 2016. The team now has 73 points through two events, 35 more points than it had through two events last year. The Tigers have scored the most points in both the one-meter and the three-meter since the program became women’s diving only five seasons ago.
The ACC Championships conclude on Thursday, Feb. 16 with the platform competition. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals begin at approximately 6:20 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Clemson’s Top Six Divers in 1M at ACC Championships
5. Danielle Reitsma (286.50) (279.40 in prelims)16. Hannah Donovan (252.65)19. Jaya Brown (249.30)21. Sarah Braun (245.40)28. Hannah Phelan (235.45)30. Allison Brophy (230.10)
August 15, 2018