Ishimatsu Hits Perfect 10 En Route To NCAA Zone Platform Win
March 16, 2013
Sophomore Haley Ishimatsu won her second event in a row at the 2013 NCAA Zone E Championships thanks in part to a perfect 10 dive, dominating the women's platform to close the competition Saturday (March 16) at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Cadet Natatorium in Fort Collins, Colo.
Ishimatsu, a 2008 U.S. Olympian on synchro platform who scored on the event at the 2011 NCAAs while a freshman at Duke, ran away with the event with 729.85 points.
She recorded her perfect dive - the first of her already accomplished career -- on her fourth attempt of the five-round final, a back 3 ½ somersault tuck that registered 10s with all seven judges. It was worth 99 points and gave her a lead so big that she could have skipped her last dive and still won by 60 points.
Ishimatsu also scored one 10 on her second dive, a forward 3 ½ somersault pike.
She is the younger sister of recent Trojan graduate and five-time All-American Victoria Ishimatsu, who won the 1-meter NCAA title last year as a senior.
Freshman Sam Adams also reached the platform final, finishing eighth with 437.50 points. She was seventh on 3-meter and just missed qualifying for the NCAAs.
USC sophomore men's diver Jordan Gear also just missed earning a trip to the NCAAs with his seventh on 3-meter on Friday. On platform Saturday, freshman Spencer Madanay was eighth (592.50) while Gear was ninth (586.45).