ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Harvard first-year Morgane Herculano qualified for the NCAA Championships on Tuesday with her fifth-place effort on the 1-meter board at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships at Navy's Lejuene Hall.
Hailing from Confignon, Geneva, Switzerland, Herculano opened her day with a six-dive preliminary score of 266.45, which was good for sixth place and secured a spot in the finals. Katie Russ also moved on as she qualified for the 18-diver field with a 16th-place performance (250.25).
As mid-day turned to late afternoon, Herculano, after 12 dives on the day, found herself firmly in fifth place with a score of 534.25. The top six competitors were issued automatic berths to the national meet in Austin, Texas. Russ, however, came in 13th place with a cumulative score of 503.95.
Esther Lawrence and Mikaela Thomson also competed, but did not advance out of the preliminary round. Lawrence finished in 42nd place with a score of 222.25, while Thompson earned 214.15 points, which was good for 50th place.
With Herculano set to dive at NCAAs, Harvard will now travel five student-athletes to the NCAA Championships. The freshman joins Miki Dahlke (50 free, 100 free, 200 free) and Samantha Shelton (200 free, 200 back, 200 IM), who received their invitations a week ago, and Lawrence and Milne, who secured spots on Monday in the 3-meter diving competition.
The Crimson quintet will now prepare for the NCAA meet, slated for March 20-23, at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.