March 14, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas – Arizona’s Ben Grado finished sixth in the platform finals held today during the Zone E Regionals in Austin, Texas with an overall score of 604.20.
Through three events, the one-meter, three-event and platform, Grado's overall placements were strong enough to garner one of the six NCAA bid given to the Zone E Region.
On the women’s side, freshman Ainsley Oliver placed sixth in the platform event with an overall total of 428.70.
Earning NCAA spots alongside Grado for the men were Micky Benedetti (ASU), Steven Starks (USC), Brent Eichenseer (Stanford), Dwight Dumais (Stanford), and Harrison Jones (USC).
Grado will now join 15 Arizona swimmers who earned bids to the championships in College Station, Texas as they attempt to defend their NCAA title from last season. The men’s championships run from March 26-28