July 16, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's diver Claire Febvay finished in seventh place Wednesday in the 10-meter platform finals at the 10th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Competing for her native France, Febvay scored a career-high 505.86 points in the event to place seventh at the World Championships and qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, based on her score and placement. Emilie Heymans of Canada won the event with a 597.45 total.
Born in Oullins, France, Febvay, continued what has been a very productive year. She earned All-America honors at the 2003 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with a sixth-place finish (420.20 points) in this same event. Her efforts helped the Wildcats to a ninth-place team finish at the championships.
Also an outstanding student, Febvay earned third-team 2003 Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. She is a Psychology major with a 3.902 grade point average.
Febvay's appearance in next summer's Olympic Games will be her second consecutive. She placed 35th in the preliminaries of the women's 10-meter platform competition at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Former Arizona diver Angelique Rodriguez, who competed for Puerto Rico, also competed in the 10-meter platform competition and placed 13th overall. Her score of 288.15 points was just shy of putting her in the 12-woman final.