2021 Zone C: Ohio State Men Qualify 3 Divers For NCAAs On Day 1

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.

2021 NCAA Zone Diving

  • Zone A: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC
    • Thursday, March 11 – Saturday, March 13
    • Live Results
  • Zone B: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC
  • Zone C: University of Kentucky / Lexington, KY
  • Zone D: University of Kentucky / Lexington, KY
    • Thursday, March 11 – Saturday, March 13
    • Live Results
  • Zone E: Northern Arizona University / Flagstaff, AZ
    • Monday, March 8 – Wednesday, March 10
    • Live Results

Indiana’s Andrew Capobianco blew out the 3-meter dive field by almost 60 points, but Ohio State managed to qualify three divers for NCAAs on day 1 of the Zone C Diving Championships.

Capobianco sat out last year on a redshirt, but was the NCAA Champion on 3-meter as a sophomore in 2019. He looks in great shape to repeat his title there, winning a tough Zone C by almost 60 points.

It was a return to normalcy for this Zone, which had its meet cut off mid-event last year. The men finished 3-meter, but the women were three rounds into the six-round 1-meter event when the NCAA canceled all of its winter and spring championship events amid the coronavirus pandemic. That shut down the event right in the middle of competition.

Last year’s 3-meter winner, Danny Zhang out of Kentucky, also qualified for NCAAs with a third-place showing.  Ohio State were the big team winners on the day, qualifying Jacob Fielding in second, Lyle Yost in sixth and Jacob Siler in seventh. Purdue also added a pair of divers to their NCAA roster.

Indiana swept both event wins today. Capobianco was joined by freshman Anne Fowlerwho won the women’s event by about 19 points. Fowler is having an outstanding 2021, coming off a runner-up finish in this event at Big Tens. Fowler also won 3-meter at the conference meet, and she’ll compete in that event Monday.

Michigan will get one women’s diver in, with Nikki Canale taking fourth. Right behind her was Kentucky’s Kyndal Knight, both of whom could have some impact on the team points battle among the top ten teams.

Notre Dame’s Kelly Straub was second and Purdue’s Emily Bretscher third on the women’s side.

Current Qualifiers

Reimbursed divers are in bold, with invited-but-not-reimbursed divers in non-bold. You can read more about the distinction below.

Diver Events
Anne Fowler, Indiana 1m
Kelly Straub, Notre Dame 1m
Emily Bretscher, Purdue 1m
Nikki Canale, Michigan 1m
Kyndal Knight, Kentucky 1m
Bethany Berger, Eastern Michigan 1m
Amanda Ling, Michigan State 1m


Diver Events
Andrew Capobianco, Indiana 3m
Jacob Fielding, Ohio State 3m
Danny Zhang, Kentucky 3m
Greg Duncan, Purdue 3m
Brandon Loschiavo, Purdue 3m
Lyle Yost, Ohio State 3m
Jacob Siler, Ohio State 3m


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.

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