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Barstad Qualifies For NCAA Zone Meet In One-Meter Diving

Alex Barstad has qualified for the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships to be held in mid-March.
Alex Barstad has qualified for the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships to be held in mid-March.

Jan. 21, 2009

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State junior Alex Barstad has qualified in the one-meter springboard for the NCAA Zone E Diving Regionals to be held in Oklahoma City March 12-14. It marks the third straight year that the Aztecs will send at least one diver to the postseason event from which athletes advance to the NCAA Championship Meet to be held March 19-21 in College Station, Texas.

Barstad secured her qualification to the Zone meet when she turned in a score of 267.89 in the one-meter competition at last weekend's double dual meet against TCU and Centenary contested in Fort Worth. Her point total gave her second place at the meet and she also finished second in the three-meter diving with a mark of 265.34. Both of her scores were personal season bests and the top marks for an SDSU diver this season.

A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Barstad competed for two seasons at the University of Minnesota before transferring to San Diego State for the 2008-09 campaign. As a sophomore, she held the Golden Gophers' second highest scores in both the one-and three-meter diving.

The Aztecs are idle this week as they prepare for their next competition at the end of the month. The SDSU divers will travel to Colorado Springs for the Air Force Diving Invitational (Jan. 30-31) with the remainder of the team playing host to a triple dual meet against Wyoming, UC San Diego and Northern Colorado at the Aztec Aquaplex on Saturday, Jan. 31.