Missouri diver clinches NCAA Championship berth

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 10:17 p.m. CDT; updated 10:36 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Missouri sophomore diver Clark Thomas won the 1-meter springboard at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

As a result, Thomas earned his second-career NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship berth. The championships will take place in Austin, Texas, from March 27 to 29.. 

Thomas joins fellow Tigers senior David Bonuchi and sophomore Lauren Reedy as NCAA qualifiers, both of whom earned bids Monday. 

Thomas tallied a two-session score of 793.90, which clinched the 1-meter title for him. He notched a then career-best 369.50 in prelims to advance to the finals. In the finals, Thomas sat in third place after four rounds but inched up to second after a 72.0 in his fifth dive with one remaining. 

The last competitor of the event, Thomas erupted for a 77.50 on his final dive to claim the win. His finals score of 394.70 surpassed his prelims total to set a new career high. 

Missouri senior Bonuchi placed 10th with 719.90 total points. His prelims score was 374.55, followed by posting 345.35 in the finals. 

In the women's 3-meter competition, Missouri sophomore Reedy posted a ninth-place finish with 632.90 points. Reedy, whose second-place finish in the 1-meter on Monday landed her her first ever NCAA bid, had scores of 306.75 in prelims and 326.25 in the finals.

Also competing on the 3-meter for the Tigers was redshirt junior Loren Figueroa. Figueroa placed 15th with 599.40 points. 

The NCAA Zone D Diving Championships conclude Wednesday with the men's and women's platform competitions. 

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