Two Virginia Women's Divers to Compete in NCAA Zone B Regional

The three-meter springboard competition starts friday.

March 9, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Two members of the University of Virginia women's swimming and diving team have qualified to compete in the NCAA Zone B Diving Regional this weekend in Athens, Ga. Sophomore Katie Caratelli (Westlake, Ohio) and freshman Ashely Smith (Charlottesville, Va.) are the two Cavaliers who will compete. The three-meter springboard competition will be held on Friday, Mar. 13, followed by the one-meter springboard on Saturday, Mar. 14.

Caratelli was named the Most Valuable Diver at this year's Atlantic Coast Conference championship meet, marking the second consecutive year she has won the award. Caratelli won the ACC title on the three-meter springboard with a score of 496.50 for 11 dives, while placing second on the one-meter springboard with a score of 395.95 for 10 dives. Caratelli's score of of 395.95 for one-meter is the highest by any UVa diver this season, while her three-meter score of 504.80 in the preliminary round at ACCs is the best in 1998 by any diver in the conference.

Smith was a championship finalist in both the one-meter and three-meter events at the ACC Championship. She placed fifth on the one-meter board with a score of 382.10, while coming in fourth on the three-meter board with a score of 465.50. Smith's mark of 390.80 at one-meter in the ACC preliminary round is the second best on the team this season behind only Caratelli, while her mark on 465.50 on the three-meter board is also the second best on the team.

The top nine divers from the regional, based on a combined score on both boards, will advance to the NCAA Championship. NCAAs will take place in Minneapolis, Minn., from Mar. 19-21.