Figueroa qualifies for NCAA diving championships

Saturday, March 12, 2011 | 5:42 p.m. CST; updated 11:42 p.m. CST, Saturday, March 12, 2011

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated how long it has been since an MU diver competed at the NCAA championships. Last season, Tigers men's divers Gregory DeStephen and Dante Jones as well as Tigers women's divers Jordan Morcom and Christina Gailey all qualified for NCAA diving competition.

Missouri will have a diver in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships this season. 

Freshman Loren Figueroa placed second in the 1-meter dive at the NCAA Diving Zone Championships on Saturday in Austin, Texas, with 631.70 points. Minnesota junior Kelci Bryant, who was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, finished first with 643.65 points.

The top three finishers in each event qualify for the NCAA Championships. Missouri senior Dante Jones just missed the cut with a fourth-place finish in the men's 1-meter.

Figueroa will join senior swimmer Lauren Lavigna and sophomore swimmers Dominique Bouchard and Cassie Cunningham at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships next weekend, March 17 to 19. 

No swimmers or divers from the Missouri men's team qualified for the men's championships.

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