Sophomore Lauren Arnold was named Conference USA Diver of the Week on Tuesday after posting a pair of wins, including a Zone-qualifying score in the one-meter springboard, during the Green Wave's season-opening weekend.
Oct. 15, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Fresh off a season-opening weekend which saw the Tulane University Swimming & Diving team win two of its three head-to-head matchups, Green Wave sophomore Lauren Arnold was named Conference USA Diver of the Week on Tuesday afternoon.
A native of Victoria, Australia, Arnold logged a pair of individual wins and posted a Zone-qualifying score in the one-meter springboard with a 284.92 against Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday in the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium. The weekly honor was the first of Arnold's career and the first by a Green Wave diver since Danielle Carrillo earned the distinction on Nov. 9, 2004.
"I'm extremely happy for Lauren as this is a well-deserved honor for her," Tulane diving coach Chris Devine said. She's worked extremely hard on improving herself from last year. I truly believe the best is yet ahead of her and I look forward to helping Lauren reach her full potential by the time her collegiate career comes to an end."
Her score in the one-meter against the Trojans was a career high, 22.07 better than her previous best of 262.85 at the 2013 C-USA Championship, and just 1.06 off the school record established by Carrillo against Rice on Jan. 29, 2005. Arnold also won the three-meter springboard against UALR with a career-best 256.42, which is the No. 3 individual mark and fourth-best overall score in Tulane history.
In addition, Arnold finished fourth in the one-meter in a tri-meet against host West Florida and nationally-prominent Florida State on Friday in Pensacola, Fla., with a 255.15 and came in fifth in the three-meter with a score of 247.73. Her scores in the season-opener rank as the No. 4 overall mark in both the one- and three-meter elevations in the Green Wave record book.
Arnold becomes the first Tulane diver to ever post a Zone-qualifying score and the first by a Conference USA student-athlete to do so this season. She is now automatically qualified to participate in the NCAA Zone B Championship from March 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minn., where she will compete for a spot in the NCAA National Championship.
"It was done so early in the year, and getting a qualifying score is always a concern," Devine said of Arnold's zone-qualifying score. "She was less than a point away from qualifying last year at the Conference USA Championship. A lot of qualifying scores usually come later in the year, so this takes some of the pressure off of her. The big thing now is to keep improving and get better for the Zone meet."
Arnold and the Green Wave return to action on Friday, Oct. 25, when they travel to Baton Rouge, La., to square off against LSU. From there, Tulane will close out the home portion of the schedule on Nov. 2 against Vanderbilt. Admission to all Tulane home swim meets is free.