Freshman diver makes NCAA field
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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Fredonia State freshman diver Sarah Ficarro (Owego), right, has qualified for the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving championships later this month.
Her coaches were notified today that Ficarro's provisional scores stood the test of a review of panel of diving judges. She did not hurt her chances by winning both SUNYAC diving titles -- 1-meter springboard and 3-meter springboard -- at the conference meet in mid-February.
Ficarro is the third Blue Devil diver to make the national meet during the head coaching tenure of Arthur Wang. The previous two were Scott Horsington, who qualified twice, and Kelly Sponholz, who qualified all four years she competed and won a national title last year, Fredonia State's first in the sport.
Christian Torres (Dunkirk), a senior diver, has provisionally qualified for this year's meet but must wait to hear back from the judges, likely by Friday.
"We are happy," Wang said, "to see that our divers continue to be recognized at NCAA championships. We’ve bridged the gap from Kelly Sponholz to Sarah. Hopefully tomorrow Christian will have bridged the gap from Scott Horsington."
John Crawford, the Blue Devil assistant coach who specializes in diving, credited Ficarro with her work ethic, especially off the 3-meter springboard, which is not a high school event. "She worked extremely hard to improve her list of dives to compete at the college level," Crawford said.
"Sarah," Crawford continued, "is in the long line of accomplished divers at the college since Coach Wang reincarnated the program. There are no secrets in what Fredonia State divers do. They work hard, they work intelligently and they work together. A share of the credit should go to her teammates who helped her improve to the point where she won both boards at the SUNYAC championships and is going to the NCAA championships."
The NCAA meet will be held March 17 through March 20 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.