William Smith College sophomore diver Sarah Costanza was selected by the NCAA Division III Diving Championship committee to participate in the 2004 NCAA Championship meet, March 11-13, in St. Louis. She is one of 22 divers who will compete for a national championship on the 1- and 3-meter boards.
“With her focus and determination, I have no doubt Sarah has what it takes to capture a national championship,” Head Coach Kelly Kisner said.
Following a record-breaking first-year, Costanza has continued her meteoric development this season, breaking two more records and capturing a pair of 1-meter championships.
In December, Costanza won the 1-meter competition in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association championship meet and grabbed co-Diver of the Meet honors with a third place finish on the 3-meter board.
Earlier this month, Costanza repeated her 1-meter championship performance in the New York State Championship meet. Costanza raised the school's 3-meter record in the 2003 state meet to 390.96 for 11 dives. She produced two record-breaking efforts at this year's state meet. Costanza recorded a 398.00 in the 3-meter preliminary round and finished third with a score of 391.20.
“Sarah is a fierce competitor and it's been a lot of fun to work with her and watch her excel over the past two seasons,” William Smith diving coach Heather Boyum '93, who also represented the Herons in the NCAA championship meet, said. “Sarah has the heart of a champion.”
Costanza owns the William Smith records on both boards for six dives and the 3-meter mark for 11 dives.