March 10, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - In what has been a season of records and overall improvement under first-year head coach Katie Robinson and her staff, the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team will add another first to its long list of accomplishments during the 2013-14 campaign as sophomore Lauren Arnold will participate in the NCAA Zone Diving Meet from Monday through Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minn.
Arnold will be competing against some of the best collegiate divers in the nation the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Center as 92 divers are taking part in the three-day event. The qualifiers from Zone Meet will receive spots in the upcoming NCAA Championship Meet, which is slated to fun from March 20-22 at the very same facility.
"As a program, we are excited for Lauren to be invited to participate in this NCAA qualifying meet," Robinson said. "All divers across the country have to compete at their Zone Meet in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships so it is safe to say the level of competition is a large step up from the C-USA Championships and the stakes are high.
"She'll be competing against the best divers from the University of Texas, Minnesota, LSU, Texas A&M, Houston, Missouri, Arkansas and many more. Her athletic ability will be put to the test and we look forward to seeing her shine under pressure just as she did at conference. It's an honor for our program to be represented at this meet and it's a wonderful growing opportunity for Lauren."
As a sophomore during the 2013-14 season, Arnold competed in all nine team meets. Along the way, she won the one-meter springboard twice and the three-meter on two other occasions. Arnold posted career-high marks of 294.92 at the one-meter elevation against Arkansas-Little Rock on Oct. 12 and also posted zone-qualifying scores of 276.90 vs Vanderbilt on Nov. 2 and at the C-USA Championship on Feb. 22.
The Zone Meet will start with the women's one meter and men's three meter on Monday and will continue on Tuesday with the men's one meter and the women's three. Platform diving will take place on the meet's final day - Wednesday, March 12.