Yokoyama’s first place finish in 1-meter dive leads ARC at state championships


Jared Saldate dives during a practice for the team on April 22. Saldate placed eighth in the men’s 1-meter dive with a score 197.75.

Four of American River College’s five divers placed in the top 10 in at least one of four diving competitions held during the state Swim and Dive Championships from April 30 to May 2.

Of ARC’s six diving team members, five qualified to compete in the state championships out of a total of 17 divers from community colleges across California.

Zachary Yokohama placed first in the men’s 1-meter dive with a final score of 266.80, with fellow ARC divers Jared Saldate and Carson Marin placing in eighth and ninth with scores of 197.75 and 178.65.

In the women’s 1-meter dive, Courtney Matthews, ARC’s lone female diving representative, placed 11th with 164.90 points.

In the men’s 3-meter diving, Yokohama placed third with a score of 241.80. Marin placed fifth at 205.35 and Saldate came in sixth with 192.70 points.

Javier Salcedo finished 11th in the 3-meter dive, with a score of 143.55.

Matthews placed 10th in the women’s 3-meter with a score of 150.20.

Overall for the entire event, ARC placed 14th out of 36 schools with 88 points.