Kirkland to join the Georgia diving team

Posted at 10:42 PM, Dec 18, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. (GSA) -- Elizabeth Ann Kirkland of Moultrie has signed a national letter of intent with the Georgia diving team, Lady Bulldogs coach Dan Laak announced on Tuesday.

Kirkland attends Colquitt County High School and competes for Moss Farms under Coach Ed Goodman. Kirkland will be the latest diver to come through the Moss Farms program, including current Lady Bulldogs Ann-Perry Blank and Haley Goodman.

"She will be a big asset to our program, and she will make an already great team that much better," Laak said of Kirkland. "I am looking forward to watching her dive the next few months and then getting her up here in Athens to start her next chapter. Moss Farms has been very good for Georgia diving. They not only have provided us with great divers but also with great kids."

Kirkland is the reigning Georgia High School Association state champion in the highest classification after scoring 486.80 points to win last year’s meet. She was second as a sophomore and was third as a freshman. Kirkland will try for her second straight state title in February in Atlanta.

Kirkland qualified for USA Diving’s Age Group National Championships in August in Greensboro, N.C., and placed fifth on the 1-meter springboard and was 18th on 3-meter. She had a strong summer Region meet, placing third on 1-meter and fourth on 3-meter.