Clarion University’s Day Repeats as NCAA D-II National Champ

Day 2015 2INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Clarion University senior diver Kristin Day (Reynoldsville/DuBois) won the 1 Meter NCAA Division II National Championship on Thursday night, successfully defending her title from a year ago, at the 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis.

Held at the IUPUI Natatorium, the Golden Eagle diving team, led by Day, Sarah Zerfoss (Jr. Shavertown) and Lauren Slayton (Jr. White Lake, Mi.), scored a total of 43 points on Thursday night and has Clarion in 13th place, the top scoring team representing the PSAC. Queens (N.C.) is in first place with 280 points, defending champion Drury is second with 257.5 and Wingate is third with 173 points.

Kristin Day, winner of the NCAA Elite 89 Award on Tuesday night, won the 1 meter competition with 506.85 points, defeating Elizabeth Rawlings of Wayne State who had 499.40. Day’s 506.85 points was better than her 497.05 she won with a year ago. Clarion’s Sarah Zerfoss was fifth with 468.35 points and Lauren Slayton was ninth 421.50 points.

With three dives remaining Day was trailing by 13 points, but she nailed her final three dives to win going away. Day’s fifth round dive, a forward, 2 ½ somersaults from the tuck position, scored 60 points and put her in the lead by nine entering the final dive, a reverse, 1 ½ pike tat scored nearly 55 points.

“Kristin was calm and she was centered tonight,” said 25 year diving coach Dave Hrovat. “She dove like a champion!

“When I was trailing by 13 points with three dives to go I knew I had to hit my final three dives,” said Day. “I just tried to relax and stay focused. The forward 2 ½ was the key dive – and I thought I nailed it. When the scores came up I knew it was a quality dive. Then I just had to hit my final dive to win. Winning was a lot tougher this year.”

Day, now a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion and 7-time career All-American, won both her NCAA championships in 2014 in dominating fashion. She won the 3 meter springboard title setting a new NCAA record with 539.35 points, winning the event by 52.9 points. She followed that with a 1 meter national title scoring 497.05 points, winning by 30.2 points.

Zerfoss, a now a 5-time career All-American, placed 4th on 3 meter last year with 475 points and was 4th on 1 meter with 460.65 points. In 2013 she was 7th on 1 meter with 425.55 points and 11th on three meter with 414 points.

Slayton meanwhile is also a 5-time All-American. She placed 10th on 3 meter last year with 439.50 points, plus was 9th on 1 meter with 422.30 points. She was was 10th on 1 meter with 394.65 points and 16th on 3 meter scoring 392 points in 2013.

CLARION NOTES: The national championship for Day now gives coach Hrovat 43 NCAA Champions in his career… The Clarion men’s divers will be diving 1 meter on Friday… and women’s backstroke specialist Gabriella Schaffer will be trying to make the finals in the 100 backstroke.

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