March 9, 2016
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ANNAPOLIS, Md.-For the first time in school history, three Virginia divers have qualified for the NCAA Championships in the same season, as senior Becca Corbett, sophomore Corey Johnson and freshman Kylie Towbin qualified for the national meet in platform diving Wednesday (March 9) at the NCAA Zone A Championships in Annapolis, Md.
Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.) finished third in platform diving with a combined prelim and finals score of 492.85. Her score of 265.05 in the finals ranks second on UVA’s all-time list. Johnson (Ambler, Pa.) finished fourth with a combined score of 445.40, while Corbett (Louisville, Ky.) qualified for her third NCAA event of the meet, placing sixth with 433.90 points.
“It was a great day for the women today,” UVA head diving coach Jason Glorius said. “I’m so proud of the effort and composure from Corey, Kylie and Becca. We are looking forward to continue working hard so we can score some points at NCAAs.”
Johnson and Towbin became the second and third Cavalier female divers to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Corbett became the first two-time NCAA qualifier in Virginia women’s diving history on Monday when she qualified in the 1-meter event.
In men’s platform diving, senior Carl Buergler (Arlington, Va.) advanced to the finals and finished fifth with a combined score of 621.15.
Corbett, Johnson and Towbin will join 12 Cavalier swimmers who were selected for the NCAA Women’s Championships. The national meet will be held March 16-19 in Atlanta.