Though we’re not DiveDove, we do dabble in diving coverage, and as diving can have a major impact on the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, we cover NCAA Zone Diving – mainly through the lens of how national diving qualifiers could impact the team points battles later this month.
2020 NCAA ZONE DIVING
- Zones A, B, D, E: Monday, March 9 – Wednesday, March 13
- Zone C: Thursday, March 12 – Saturday, March 14
- Host schools, with live result links:
- Revisit our NCAA selection primer
Florida International’s Maha Gouda won by 14 points over Alabama freshman Tanesha Lucoe to lock in final NCAA invites from Zone B. Gouda was 8th at NCAAs on platform last year, and is qualified to dive all three boards at NCAAs.
Lucoe, the rookie who won the SEC title last month, earns her first NCAA invite. She’ll compete only on platform. There were four new qualifiers on the women’s side today: Lucoe, Duke’s Aliyah Watson, Tennessee’s Ana Hernandez and NC State’s Madeline Kline.
Tennessee now has two divers – the Vols are ranked #2 in psych sheet swimming points, and though they’ve gone backwards some at NCAAs in the past, they’ll bring two divers to try to offset that a little. NC State should also push for a top five team finish, and they got Kline in by the skin of her teeth – she was the final diver to qualify here, and can also compete on 3-meter by barely making the top-12 cutoff there for an NCAA entry.
But there were a few other notable misses. Florida’s Brooke Madden was 12th and will not make NCAAs after scoring the past two seasons on the springboards. FIU’s Rachel Foord is not in – she looked like a big NCAA scorer when she beat Gouda head-to-head to win the Purdue Invite earlier in the year. But she was just 10th today.
2017 NCAA platform dive champ David Dinsmore qualified easily for NCAAs as Miami went 1-2-3-4 on men’s platform on day 3.
Last year at NCAAs, Dinsmore was 2nd and Zach Cooper 4th on platform. They both earned NCAA invites today with a dominant Hurricanes showing. Dinsmore won by more than 100 points, and looks like one of two contenders for the NCAA title, along with two-time defending champ Jordan Windle of Texas.
Dinsmore and Cooper will each only dive on platform at NCAAs, but should score double digits each. Meanwhile Maxwell Flory added a third diving event and Brodie Scapens a second. Both freshmen are A final contenders in multiple events.
Beyond Miami, NC State qualified diver James Brady, who could help them in a thick team points race. Brady qualified for NCAAs as a freshman and sophomore, but missed qualifying last year and has yet to score nationally.
SIMPLIFIED INVITE PROCEDURES
You can read a more in-depth look at the selection process here. Effectively, each Zone earns a specific number of qualifying spots in each event, based on how that Zone performed at NCAAs last year. Divers who place inside the qualifying places earn an NCAA invite. A diver invited in one event can compete at NCAAs in any other diving event where they were top 12 in their Zone meet. The highest-placing divers earn NCAA reimbursement, while lower-placing qualifiers can compete at NCAAs, but their school must pay for their travel and lodging at the meet.