Underwood To Compete At NCAA Competition

March 13, 2006

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THIS WEEK — Senior diver Nancilea Underwood will compete in the NCAA Championships in the one- and three-meter events. The Championships are being hosted by the University of Georgia and all events will take place at the Gabrielsen Natatorium inside the Ramsey Center.

MEET SCHEDULE — Diving prelims will be at 12 p.m. each day and finals will take place during the evening session, which is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. All times listed are CST.

LAST COMPETITION — Underwood last competed at the NCAA Diving Qualifier where she won the one-meter with a 12 dive score of 626.95 and the three-meter with a score of 658.30.

UNDERWOOD KNOWS SUCCESS — Underwood earned all-America honors by finishing second in the three-meter and third in the one-meter at last year’s NCAA Championships. She qualified by placing first in the three-meter and sixth in the one-meter at NCAA qualifying. Underwood was also honorable mention all-American at the 2003 NCAA Championships, where she placed 11th in three-meter and 24th in one-meter.

BIG TEN HONORS — Underwood earned Big Ten Diver of the Week three times this season, making it five for her career. The first weekly accolade came after winning the one-meter (307.35) and finishing second in the three-meter (261.23) in Iowa’s triangular with Wisconsin and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Underwood earned the honor for the second week in a row last October after sweeping both the one- and three-meter events in a home dual with Minnesota. She scored a 300.90 on the one-meter and set a new pool and school record with her score of 365.78 in the three-meter. Her third honor of the season came after winning the one-meter (291.37) and three-meter (338.47) events vs Iowa State.

DIVING COACH Bob Rydze — Bob Rydze is in his 31st year as diving coach of the men and women’s teams at the University of Iowa. He is dean of Big Ten swimming and diving coaches. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 29 all-Americans, nine Big Ten and one NCAA Champion.