FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas sophomore standout diver Kesha Naylor will compete this week at the Canadian Winter Diving Championships and World Cup Trials at Saanich Commonwealth Place in Victoria, British Columbia.
In addition to serving as a qualifying meet for the World Cup Trials, the meet will help decide what athletes will represent Canada in various international competitions.
"This meet is going to determine who the Canadian teams are for the Grand Prix meets in Montreal, Mexico and Fort Lauderdale," said diving coach Dale Schultz. "We’re hoping that Kesha can get on one of those teams and start getting some international experience."
Naylor, who will compete in both the three-meter and ten-meter platform, seeks success in national competition for the second time this year. The Saskatchewan native competed and finalled in the Canadian Nationals in the summer of 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta, with finishes of 15th in the platform and 11th in the three-meter against a field of 83 divers.
Just a year and a half into her diving career at Arkansas, Naylor’s resume already matches some of the most successful divers in program history. She broke both the platform and three-meter school records her freshman year, earning Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team honors. She eclipsed her own three meter record this season with a score of 352.8, Oct. 20, against Florida, winning the competition and also setting a facility record. Naylor was named SEC Diver of the Week for her record-setting performance against the Gators, the first such honor of her career.
Coach Schultz commented that Naylor’s summer training regimen has allowed her to increase the quality of her dives even after such an impressive freshman campaign.
"Kesha trained hard this summer," Schultz said. "She really did what needs to be done to move ahead. She’s had a great fall."
Preliminaries for the ten-meter platform competition will take place Thursday, Dec., 15, with semifinals and finals on Saturday, Dec. 17. Preliminaries for the three-meter will be held Friday, Dec. 16 with semifinals and finals on Sunday, Dec. 18. For more information about Razorback swimming and diving, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.