Hawkeye Duo Advances To NCAA Zone C Finals

March 14, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Hawkeye juniors Deidre Freeman and Frank Van Dijkhuizen advanced to Saturday’s finals of the 2009 Zone C NCAA Qualifier in Minneapolis, MN. A total of five Iowa divers are competing at the three-day event.

Freeman placed 10th on the women’s one-meter board with a 12-dive total of 504.35. The Grinnell, IA, native posted a 243.10 in the prelims and a 261.25 in the finals. Van Dijkhuizen placed 15th on the men’s three-meter with a 12-dive total of 646.00. He scored a 313.10 in the prelims and a 332.90 in the finals.

Also competing for the Hawkeyes were senior Drew DeLashmutt, junior Michael Gilligan and sophomore Veronica Rydze. Gilligan placed 20th on the men’s three-meter (292.35), while DeLashmutt placed 25th (270.85). Rydze placed 23rd on women’s one-meter (228.15).

In Friday’s first day of competition, Van Dijkhuizen and Gilligan advanced to the men’s one-meter finals, while Freeman and Rydze advanced to the women’s three-meter finals. Gilligan placed 13th with a combined 12-dive score of 585.05 (292.05, 293.00), while Van Dijkhuizen was close behind in 15th with a total of 575.95 (292.25, 283.70). Freeman placed 11th with a 12-dive total of 544.30 (292.35, 251.95), and Rydze placed 18th with a total of 509.15 (243.90, 266.25).

The men and women’s platform, which is the final event of the competition, is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Sunday (CT). All events will be held at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center.

1. Christina Loukas, Indiana 636.10
2. Brittney Feldman, Indiana 574.00
3. Ashley Karnes, Purdue 565.80
10. Deidre Freeman, Iowa 504.35
23. Veronica Rydze, Iowa 228.15

1. Sean Moore, Ohio State 867.35
2. David Boudia, Purdue 834.45
3. Landon Marzullo, Indiana 818.75
15. Frank Van Dijkhuizen, Iowa 646.00
20 Michael Gilligan, Iowa 292.35
25. Drew DeLashmutt, Iowa 270.85