ATHENS, Ga. – Sophomore Sarah Braun and junior Megan Helwagen both qualified for the finals of the platform competition on the final day of the NCAA Zone B Championships in Athens, Ga. on Wednesday. Braun and Helwagen became just the second and third divers in Clemson history to qualify for the platform finals at the NCAA Zone Championships.
Braun and Helwagen finished 16th and 17th, respectively, in the platform preliminary round to qualify for the event finals. Braun, a native of Beaverton, Ore., posted a total of 448.05 points for 14th place overall in the finals. Braun improved on her 18th-place finish in the platform prelims in 2014.
Helwagen finished the day with 423.45 points overall, for an 18th-place finish in the finals. It was the first time in her three seasons with the Tigers that the Mason, Ohio native qualified for the finals in any event at the NCAA Zone meet. Helwagen competed in the prelims of the platform in 2013 and 2014 and placed 18th and 26th, respectively, in the event.
Freshman Allison Brophy and senior Jessica Doolittle finished 30th and 31st in the platform prelims with 180.50 and 177.30 points, respectively. Doolittle concluded her Clemson career at the NCAA Zone Championships. It was the first time the native of Matthews, N.C. qualified for the Zone meet.
The Tiger diving team had a total of three finals qualifiers for the three-day NCAA Zone meet, as Braun also qualified for the finals of the one-meter event on Tuesday.
CLEMSON RESULTS IN NCAA ZONE B CHAMPIONSHIPS
One-Meter Finals18. Sarah Braun, 510.80
One-Meter Prelims17. Sarah Braun, 255.3022. Megan Helwagen, 247.5029. Hannah Donovan, 235.7531. Allison Brophy, 231.3039. Jessica Doolittle, 219.70
Three-Meter23. Megan Helwagen, 265.2532. Sarah Braun, 242.4036. Allison Brophy, 226.7043. Hannah Donovan, 212.95
Platform Finals14. Sarah Braun, 448.0517. Megan Helwagen, 423.45
Platform Prelims16. Sarah Braun, 220.6517. Megan Helwagen, 216.3530. Allison Brophy, 180.5031. Hannah Donovan, 177.30
January 30, 2023