Springfield, MA—Facing off against the top divers in New England, the Williams trio of McKenzie Murdoch, Michelle Higgins and Rohan Bhatt performed extremely well in the first ever New England Regional meet. In the 1 m springboard competition Murdoch placed second overall with a score of 467.10, three points behind the eventual winner, Jen Thompson of Springfield (470.30). Higgins would place fifth in the event, scoring 424.30 points. Both Murdoch and Higgins' scores were good enough to assuredly qualify them for the NCAA National Championships.
In the 3m springboard Bhatt would place 7th in a loaded field that included Tufts' Johann Schmidt, the 2012 national champion in the 1m competition. Schmidt would win the event with a score of 588.95 while Bhatt turned in a still impressive 478.50. Eight total male divers will advance from the regional to the national championships, and should Bhatt hold his position in the 1m competition he should qualify.
Tomorrow the men and women will switch events, with the men's 1m and women's 3m competition.