GENEVA, Ohio – The University of West Florida swimming and diving team ended their season with their highest ranking on day one of the NCAA Division II Championships since the 2015-2016 season. When the competition was ended, the team was tied for ninth place with Grand Valley at 36 total points. Freshman diver Kelsey DeJesus of Watertown helped lead the way for the Argos, earning an All-American award.
DeJesus competed in the 3-meter diving event and placed seventh by posting a final score of 407.70, becoming the third freshman in UWF history to be named an All-American in an individual event.
At the end of the day’s competition, the NCAA put a halt to all events, with UWF athletic director Dave Scott releasing the following statement:
“The impact of COVID-19 has entered unchartered waters and our courts are silent, we are not hearing the crack of the bat, or the swing of the club. The splash of the water was halted mid-stream. There is no other place that I would rather be than cheering our teams on to victory.
“Athletics are the front porch to our University and without them, we have lost a valued part of our community. We have had to quickly change our normal to conform to the needs of our society. We have been told to wash hands, stay home, work remotely, and avoid groups greater than 10. Social distancing is our new normal. We must be good neighbors and teammates and follow the recommended guidelines to keep our families and neighbors safe.”
Her result at the NCAA Meet capped an outstanding debut season for DeJesus, a mulit-sport superstar at Watertown High School.
She had been named the Diver of the Meet at the NSISC Championships in February, winning both the 3-meter and the 1-meter. Her 441.70 in the 1-meter event finished roughly 30 points higher than the second-place finisher, and she scored a 482.55 in the 3-meter at the conference meet.