BUFFALO, N.Y. – UMBC junior diver Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) became the first athlete since Jeff Salgado in 2007, to compete in the NCAA Zones meet, Friday and Saturday afternoon at the University of Buffalo Pool and Natatorium.
Eckhoff, the 3-meter record holder at UMBC, finished 19th out of 44 divers in the 1-meter competition on Saturday with a score of 270.27. On Friday, the first day of the meet, the junior placed 27th out of 41 competitors in the 3-meter event with a total of 255.85 points.
"Andrew embodies everything we want in an athlete for our program," said head coach Chad Cradock. "We're very proud of Andrew and what he has accomplished this season."
Two weeks ago at the America East Championships, Eckhoff was named the Most Outstanding Male Diver after claiming the gold in both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.
Eckhoff first broke the school's 3-meter record back in October with a score of 354.30 in an unscored competition with Towson. The previous mark was 318.30 set by Jeff Salgado in 2007. In the same meet, he qualified for the Zones meet scoring 335.10.
Later in the year, the junior broke his own mark by posting a score of 361.20 against Drexel in Philadelphia.