This past weekend, three Michigan divers qualified for the NCAA Championships. Those qualified include seniors Sarah Kamstra and Elena Ghormley, along with junior Allie Murphy.
The three qualified divers will be making the first appearance of their respective careers at the national meet. Kamstra especially has a lot of feelings of anticipation for the meet.
“It feels surreal,” Kamstra said. “This will be my last meet representing Michigan as a diver. It’s going to be a great opportunity to just be with the team and enjoy what we’ve been working for, and have one last go-around.”
Murphy, Kamstra and Ghormley will each be competing in the platform dive having qualified by placing in the top 10 during the finals this weekend. Murphy and Kamstra will also be competing in the three-meter dive.
Freshman Collin DeShaw, the lone member of the men’s diving team, joined the trio at the Boilermaker Aquatic center at Purdue. DeShaw concluded his season finishing 11th on the one-meter springboard. He missed the mark by just a few places in finals, as the top seven finishers in that event qualified for the meet.
Michigan diving coach Mike Hilde is looking ahead to the NCAA Championships this weekend as he reflects on the season and how far the program has come.
“I’m looking forward to the girls competing,” he said, “also for them to enjoy their last season and show the rest of the NCAA what Michigan diving has come up to be.”
The entire swim and dive program now has 23 individuals headed to the national meet next week.