MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Texas A&M junior Eric Sehn posted the highest national finish of his career with a fourth-place performance on the three-meter springboard Friday at the 2007 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota’s University Aquatic Center.
Sehn, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, scored 67.5 points or more on five of his six dives for a total of 399.20 points. Sehn also had a pair of dives over 75 points, but was dragged down by a 43.75 effort on his second dive. It was the second-highest NCAA finish for an A&M diver in school history behind Mark Naftanel’s third-place finish in the platform in 1998.
“I thought I dove pretty well,” Sehn said. “I had the one bad dive but I was happy with the other five. After that second dive, I just tried to keep battling and I think my maturity helped me with that. I knew if I kept fighting that good things would happen.”
Sehn finished 15 points behind the winner Steve Segerlin of Auburn, who posted a score of 415.80. Segerlin was trailed by Ohio State’s Kellen Harkness (407.15) and Hawaii’s Magnus Frick (407.05).
“I’m very proud of the way Eric responded tonight,” Aggie head coach Kevin Wright said. “He had some adversity with his second dive, but he kept his head up and kept battling. That’s Eric’s best finish at the national meet, and I believe there are even better finishes in his future.”
In other action, freshman Israel Duran swam to a season-best 48.24 in the 100-yard butterfly prelims but did not advance to the finals.
After two days the Aggies are in 20th place with 29 points. Auburn leads with 380 points and is trailed by Arizona, Stanford, Texas and Florida.