The University of South Dakota swept the North Central Conference Diver of the Week awards this week as junior Jill Smolczyk brought home the honor on the women's side, while senior Cole Moir shared the accolade with Chris Bancroft on the men's. This is the fourth time this year Smolczyk has brought home the weekly award, while this is the third time for Moir.
Both Smolczyk and Moir competed at the USD Diving Invitational in the DakotaDome last weekend. Smolczyk won both boards at the event, setting both school and pool records in the three-meter board (11 dives) with a score of 477.55, which was good enough to automatically qualify her for the NCAA Division II national championships. The USD record she broke had stood for 15 years, while the pool mark had lasted since 1999. She also captured first place in the one-meter board with a score of 392.10.
Moir meanwhile took first in the one-meter dive with a score of 465.35, and took third place in the three-meter competition by totaling 414.25. His performance in the one-meter dive automatically qualified him for the NCAA Division II national championships.
The Coyote swimming and diving teams will be off until they begin competition at the 2007 NCC Championships, held in Grand Forks, ND, starting on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and concluding on Saturday, Feb. 24.