VICTORIA, British Columbia — University of Arkansas sophomore diver Kesha Naylor qualified for the Canadian Olympic Trials on the three-meter board Friday at the Canadian Winter Diving Championships.
One day after qualifying in the platform competition, Naylor placed 12th in the preliminaries of the three-meter dive with a score of 263.70 to earn a second straight automatic qualification for the Canadian trials in June. She is one of just three divers to earn qualification in both events in the first two days of competition at the championships.
Naylor’s successful second day did not come easily. The Saskatchewan native hit her foot on the board during her first dive, and had to come back from 22nd place to earn her top-12 finish and automatic qualification.
Diving coach Dale Schultz commented that he was impressed with Naylor’s resiliency to come back from the tough start.
"After her first dive I thought it was great," Schultz said. "Kesha was very consistent, and she came storming back."
Naylor will look to continue her success on the boards in the semifinals of the platform, which take place Saturday, Dec. 16. For more information about Razorback swimming and diving, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.