Heger, Anderson Lead Banner Day For Divers
Jan. 21, 2012
CHICAGO - Freshman K.J. Heger shattered a 20-year-old school record to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's diving teams at the UIC Diving Invitational Saturday afternoon.
Heger posted an NCAA zone-qualifying score 350.85 on the three-meter board, crushing Mike Friehe's previous mark of 340.50 set in 1992 en route to a second-place finish.
Classmate Lee Anderson also recorded an NCAA zone-qualifying score on the three meter, finishing at 327.60 after six dives for fourth place overall, a mere 0.40 points shy of third.
"The divers had an absolutely amazing meet," Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. "Aubrey (Griffiths) and Morgan (Hearn) both did very well and we're very proud of their results. The big news came that K.J. broke the school record on the three meter. We couldn't be prouder of how our team did today."
Anderson actually started the big day for Milwaukee on the one-meter board, taking first in the event with a score of 308.90. Heger came in just behind in second at 304.20. Both marks are NCAA zone qualifiers in the one meter.
On the women's side, Aubrey Griffiths took third on the three meter with a score of 265.20. The junior then finished with 248.50 on the one-meter board, good enough for seventh place.
Senior Morgan Hearn also had a strong showing on the day, coming in seventh on the three meter with 251.80. She also had an eighth-place showing on the one meter with a score of 247.10.
Freshman Andy LaFleur and senior Shane Conner also dove for the men's team. LaFleur finished the one meter in seventh (273.25) and the three meter in eighth (291.80), while Conner came in ninth (266.75) and 11th (280.00), respectively.
Every dive for the Panthers on Saturday equaled a season-best mark for each diver.
Milwaukee hits the road for the final time next weekend when it heads to Macomb, Ill. to take on Western Illinois in a dual meet Saturday at 1 p.m.