Mar 102010
 
Authors: David de Besche

The water in Moby Pool has been a little less crowded these days, but CSU sophomore diver Shayna Solomon hasn’t had time to notice. Unlike most of her swimming and diving teammates who are into the beginning of their off season, Solomon has been training and preparing for the NCAA Zone E Regional Meet.

The meet is held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center on the campus of the University of Texas today and Friday. The Zone E Regional is considered a preliminary meet for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indiana March 18 through March 20.

For this regional meet, divers have to qualify in their regular season or conference championships to be invited to compete. Solomon, who has had a great year, qualified to compete in the one meter and three meter diving events in Texas.

“You have to get a qualifying score and I counted: she qualified 10 times out of only 12 or 13 opportunities.” Rams Diving coach Kevin Witt said.

Solomon, who Witt said was tired after the Mountain West Conference Championships in Oklahoma City, has had a hard time finding a regular practice schedule to prepare for this meet after coming down with a case of strep throat.

“I feel like it could have been better (if I weren’t) so sick and tired,” Solomon said on having to prepare for the regional while being sick. “But I’ve pulled through it and I’m ready for the regional.”

Experience is on Solomon’s side, having competed in this meet last year and qualifying for the finals in the one meter and placing 24th in the three meter. Going into the meet and representing CSU today and Friday, she has very high expectations for her performance.

“I am honored for the opportunity to represent CSU,” Solomon said. “And I want to set personal bests on both (events) and final on both boards.”

Only a sophomore, Solomon has been counted on quite a bit to score a lot of points off the board for the Rams this year, and has answered the call. Setting career-highs this year in both the one meter with 283.27 points and the three meter with 277.13 points, Solomon will be a competitor to final in her events this year.

“She finaled in the one meter event last year,” Witt said. “We have a really difficult group of competition at this meet; if we can get her in a final on one of the events, I think it would be a really good thing.”

The NCAA Zone E Regional Meet begins today with preliminaries and finals in the one meter dive and will conclude for Solomon Friday with preliminaries and finals in the three meter event.

Swimming and Diving Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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