COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Alexa Geiger and Northern Arizona alum Chelsea Jackson completed their run at the USA Diving Winter National Championships on Friday with a shining performance in the 3-meter synchronized springboard competition. The duo, in just their second synchro meet together, placed fourth overall in the finals.
"They did great, fourth in the country in women's synchro is great," said diving coach Nikki Huffman. "Synchro is something that is still new to them and they matched up really well. They had fun while they were doing it. They stayed a lot more consistent (in the finals), and it was just really great to see."
Geiger and Jackson sat in sixth with a score of 201.42 after the morning preliminaries, but leaped to fourth with a final round score of 210.57. That brought their two-round score of 411.99, which just nudged them into fourth by six-tenths of a point. They did so by outscoring the fifth-place tandem by almost 10 points on the final dive of the competition.
The fourth-place outcome was good enough to make the Lumberjack pair an alternate for the 2017 World University Games.
Overall, coupled with a 14th place finish for Jackson and a 15th place finish for Geiger in the individual 1-meter event on Thursday, the two days in Columbus were a success for the two Lumberjacks.
"There were a lot of divers here – some younger and some a lot older – and what you see is a lot of divers who have been diving for a lot longer than (Jackson and Geiger)," Huffman said. "Chelsea and Lex have not been diving as long in relative terms compared to divers at this level, and they're starting to show confidence. If they continue to perform well, they'll do great things."