NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The top diver on the Plymouth State University women’s diving team finished in third place in the one-meter event Saturday at the New England Division II-III Intercollegiate Diving Championships, hosted by UMass Dartmouth.
Junior Danielle DeStefano (Centerville, Mass.) captured third place with a score of 345.10 points in the finals. She recorded a score of 319.85 in the preliminaries, placing her sixth and earning her a spot in the final round. UMD’s Kelly Kidd won the event with a score of 375.45, and Bentley’s Katrina Kaufman was second with 350.45. The three-meter event will be held on Sunday.
A former gymnast now in only her second year diving, DeStefano enjoyed a strong dual meet season, recording 16 victories in 20 events.
The New England Diving Championships are normally held the third weekend in February at Bentley College in conjunction with the New England Swimming Championships. This year, Bentley’s athletic facilities are under renovation, so the diving championships were moved to this weekend at UMD, and the swimming championships are next weekend (Feb. 17-19) at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.
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