MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Texas A&M junior Eric Sehn placed fifth in the one-meter springboard on the first day of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at the University of Minnesota’s University Aquatic Center.
Sehn’s fifth-place finish scored 14 points for the Aggies, which puts them in 18th place after the first day of action. Auburn leads the meet with 187 points, followed by Arizona (121), Texas (107), Northwestern (106) and Florida (106).
Sehn, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, scored 347.45 points in the evening final after putting up 358.75 points in the afternoon prelim. The one-meter springboard was won by Florida State’s Terry Horner, who hit a score of 82.1 on his sixth and final dive to rally past Hawaii’s Magnus Frick. Horner won with a score of 399.35, which was just ahead of Frick’s 395.05.
Prior to the meet, Sehn and A&M diving coach Kevin Wright stated that consistency would be the key for the meet. All six of Sehn’s evening dives scored between 57.0 and 61.5 points.
“Eric did a very good job of being consistent,” Wright said. “He wasn’t great, but he was consistently good. In a national final, if you want to be in the top three, you have to be better than good. You have to be very good. Eric was good tonight and the next couple of days he will do better because he is better on the higher dives. He scored 14 points and that gets us on the board.”
Added Sehn, “I was consistent but I wasn’t as sharp on the bottoms as I wanted to be. I was good on the tops and I had a good energy level, but on the bottoms I just rolled them by a little bit. If I could have done better there, I would have finished a little higher.”
The Aggies return to action on Friday with freshman Israel Duran competing in the 100-yard butterfly, while Sehn will compete on the three-meter springboard.