Farrell Wins 3-Meter Dive at UAA Championships on Thursday

Farrell Wins 3-Meter Dive at UAA Championships on Thursday

Case Western Reserve University senior diver Connor Farrell won the conference championship in the three-meter dive to highlight the second day of competition at the 2016 University Association Championships on Thursday, hosted by the University of Rochester in Webster, New York.

Farrell broke his own record in the three-meter dive with a score of 539.35 in the preliminaries, and recorded a mark of 528.00 in the final to secure the UAA Championship in the event.  With the win, Farrell becomes the first Spartan men's competitor ever to win a diving event at the UAA Championships, and just the second to earn all-UAA honors in the three-meter dive, along with Bernie Jacobson in 2007.

Two other school records fell for the Spartans during the meet on Thursday.  The Spartans 200-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Suhan Mestha, senior Rebecca Pakradooni, and sophomore Inez Moore and Jennifer Eurich, broke the program record in the event with a time of 1:36.42, finishing fifth overall.  In the women's 400-yard medley relay, Mestha broke the school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a split of 57.47 seconds, and joined with freshman Alli Drohosky, Pakradooni, and Eurich to help the team to a sixth place finish with a time of 3:55.19.

For the men, sophomore Drew Hamilton added a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:31.18.  The Spartans' 200-yard freestyle relay of seniors Elliott Kerbel, Aaron Tam, Alec David and sophomore Oliver Hudgins added a sixth-place finish with a time of 1:24.73, while the 400-yard medley relay of Hudgins, Kerbel, Tam and Hamilton placed fifth with a time of 3:25.82.

After two days of competition for the women, the Spartans sat in seventh place in the team standings.  The Case Western Reserve University men were in fifth place after one day of action at the conference championships.

Action at the UAA Championships will resume on Friday, with preliminaries scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and finals beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Events to be contested during the third day of the championships include the women's three-meter dive, the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and the 800-yard freestyle relay.