Lenzi, Easterly win 3-meter titles DIVING

June 12, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer

ROCKVILLE -- The 3-meter springboard competition at the HTH Classic at the Montgomery Aquatic Center ended with two surprise winners.

In a field that contained an Olympic medalist and a current NCAA champion, a recent high school graduate dominated the women's side, and a gold medalist, supposedly using the post-Olympic year as a rest, came back to capture the men's title.

By scoring in the high 50s in three of her final four dives, Doris Glen Easterly easily defeated her closest competitor, NCAA 3-meter champion Eileen Richetelli of Stanford, by nearly 20 points.

Mark Lenzi, an Olympic gold medalist, needed a crucial reverse 3 1/2 somersault, which has the highest degree of difficulty at 3.5, to edge Mark Bradshaw. Bradshaw was leading Lenzi by 0.20 before the last dive, but lost to Lenzi by 10 points.

"I had not practiced that dive for a while. I hurt my back practicing that dive in China and Germany, so I decided to do it cold," said Lenzi.

This was the first victory for Easterly, who finished 14th in the same event in April.

"I never had a meet where I had it all together," Easterly said. "I was really nervous at the beginning. I used that nervous energy to work for me."

Easterly's fifth dive, an inward 1 1/2 somersault, was the highest scoring dive in the women's event. The dive received two 8.5s and an 8.0.

Easterly, 18, is a native of Richmond, Va., but has spent the past two years in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She graduated two weeks ago and will attend the University of Miami this fall on scholarship.

Since Easterly and Richetelli are still students, they cannot receive the $2,000 first-place and $1,000 second-place winnings under NCAA guidelines. So Melisa Moses, the third-place finisher, and Jenny Keim, who placed fourth, will get the cash prizes.

Mary Ellen Clark, an Olympic bronze medalist in platform diving, finished a distant sixth, and Scott Donie, Olympic silver medalist on the platform, placed fifth.

The HTH Classic concludes today with the men's and women's platform diving events. The competition begins at 3 p.m. at the Montgomery Aquatic Center.

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