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Diving’s Harris Fourth on 1-Meter in Championship Final at Arizona Invitational, Ardavanis Second in Consolation

TUCSON, Ariz. – Northern Arizona diver Taryn Harris improved upon her seventh place finish on the 3-meter placing fourth in the championship finals on the 1-meter during the 2nd Wildcat Diving Invitational on Saturday. Freshman Kristy Ardavanis also finished second in the consolation finals on the 1-meter.

Harris scored 236.70 in the preliminary round entering the finals as the eighth and final seed. Harris improved upon that number at the right time scoring 268.45 in the finals finishing behind only Buffalo’s Meili Carpenter, Arizona State’s Ellina Eggers and BYU’s Tawni Jones.

Ardavanis, a freshman from Gilbert, Ariz., advanced to the consolation final after finishing in 14th place in the preliminary round. Ardavanis entered as the six-seed in the consolation round, and like Harris, bested her finish in the previous round scoring 243.40 and finishing behind only Brittany Jumer from Arizona State.

Four other Lumberjacks were in action on the 1-meter Saturday. Lana Christensen finished 21st (213.80), Megan Collier in 23rd (211.0), Holly Frost in 28th (196.95) and Cassie Anderson in 30th (196.10). NAU finished behind only BYU for the most divers in the top 30 among the 12 teams to enter divers on the 1-meter.

In the 1-meter competition, divers performed six optional dives. The dives had to come from five different groups and no dive could be repeated.

The Lumberjacks will take part in the platform competition on Sunday at 11 a.m.


1-Meter Championship Prelim Final
1. Meili Carpenter (Buffalo) 277.80 301.20
2. Ellina Eggers (Arizona State) 250.45 299.25
3. Tawni Jones (BYU) 263.30 294.45
4. Taryn Harris (Northern Arizona) 236.70 268.45
5. Margaret Hostage (Stanford) 251.55 267.45
6. Carmen Stellar (Stanford) 265.25 260.65
7. Ashlee Erickson (New Mexico) 270.00 249.40
8. Mary Corbett (Stanford) 252.40 245.30









Teams at 2nd Arizona Diving Invitational: Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Buffalo, BYU, Northern Arizona, New Mexico, San Diego, San Jose State, Stanford, UNLV, Wisconsin.