March 17, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - NC State junior Hannah Hopkins placed seventh on the platform at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, to garner All-American honors.
An ACC Champion and two-time All-ACC selection on the boards, Hopkins placed fifth in the preliminaries of the platform (299.80) to qualify for the finals. She then took home a seventh place finish in the finals, with a score of 284.20.
"Hannah did an outstanding job tonight," said diving coach Jenny Keim Johansen. "She kept her composure through all 10 dives in her first NCAAs. I am very proud of her, her determination and work ethic has paid off."
Hopkins became the first NC State diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Kristin Davies did so in 2009. Davies also qualfied on the platform, and took home the national title in that event.
"Congrats to Hannah Hopkins in todays platform diving event," said head coach Braden Holloway. "We are so very proud of the way that she performed at her first NCAAs, and especially how she roared into today's session. To be in the top eight at this meet is speciail, and Hannah rose to the occassion.
"Coach Johansen does a great job preparing her athletes to perform on the biggest stage, and tonight was a true testament to her dedication to the sport and program."
Hopkins punched her ticket to the championships by placing fourth on the platform at the NCAA Zone B Qualifying meet.