BUFFALO, NY – Former University at Buffalo diver Meili Carpenter, representing Buffalo's Wings Diving Club, qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials following her performance at the 2011 USA Diving Winter National Championships in Iowa City, IA.
Competing in both the one- and three-meter springboard events, Carpenter reached the championship finals of both disciplines. In the one-meter event, she placed third overall with 281.05 points for her five-dive program, finishing just 2.85 points behind World Cup silver medalist and 2010 NCAA Champion Kelci Bryant. Carpenter compiled a score of 266.20 in the preliminary/quarterfinal rounds for second place to advance into the final round.
In the three-meter event, Carpenter finished 11th overall in the finals with a five-dive total of 292.50 points. She scored 296.40 points in the preliminary/quarterfinal rounds for 12th place and moved to ninth place in the semifinals following a total of 605.70 points, which combined her five preliminary dives and the five attempts in the next round.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic diving trials will take place June 18-24, 2012, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA. The 2,500-seat facility was also the site of the U.S. Olympic diving trials in 2000.
Carpenter completed her UB career posting school records for the one-and three-meter diving events in 2010. She swept both events at the 2010 Mid-American Conference Championships earning first-team All-MAC honors and winning the league's Diver of the Year award. She also earned honorable mention All-American honors at the NCAA National Championships. A four-time All-MAC honoree, Carpenter was also named to the Academic All-MAC and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team for two years. She currently serves as the men's and women's diving coach at Canisius College.