March 12, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Sophomore diver Lauren Arnold capped a three-day stint competing against the nation's elite with a school-record score of 211.55 off the platform in the final event of the NCAA Zone Diving Meet on Wednesday at the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Center.
Arnold's effort in the platform surpassed her former mark for a six-dive list of 210.65 during the 2013 Conference USA Championship. She finished 20th in the event while posting a 38th-place finish in the one-meter springboard on Monday and a 34th-place showing at the three-meter event on Tuesday.
"Overall, this was a very solid meet for Lauren and I'm proud of her effort," Tulane diving coach Chris Devine said. "Today she finished 20th on platform and did a really solid list for her. This meet, however, is the toughest one in the country and without a platform (to practice on every day) it is hard to stay with that level of competition.
"As for the meet on the whole, Lauren did a solid job on all levels. It's inspiring to see the level of diving and hopefully, Lauren will use this experience as inspiration to train harder and get better so she can get back to this meet next year. It is always awe inspiring to watch people that are more advanced in your arena of competition. Now we need to harness that inspiration and try to be more competitive next year."
Arnold opened the Zone Meet with a 227.20 in the one-meter springboard on Monday and followed that up with a 246.20 in the three-meter. That score ranks as the No. 13 overall mark in Tulane history.
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 284.92 on one-meter against Arkansas-Little Rock on Oct. 12 and also posted zone-qualifying scores of 276.90 vs Vanderbilt on Nov. 2. In addition, Arnold posted a career-best 278.10 in the three-meter springboard against Vanderbilt on Nov. 2.