2021 Zone D: Texas Men & Women Add 4th Divers On Day 3 of Zones

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
  • Zone B: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC
  • Zone C: University of Kentucky / Lexington, KY
  • Zone D: University of Kentucky / Lexington, KY
  • Zone E: Northern Arizona University / Flagstaff, AZ

Freshman Brendan McCourt qualified for NCAAs on the final day, bringing the Texas men to four divers and setting up roster decisions for head coach Eddie Reese.

McCourt joins Jordan Windle, Noah Duperre and Andrew Harness among the NCAA qualifying divers for the Texas men. With each diver counting for half a roster spot, McCourt and Harness are likely competing with a swimmer for the same spot on Texas’s 18-person NCAA team.

Windle and Duperre are locks. Windle will be in the hunt to win any or all of the three boards at NCAAs. He won two events to open the Zone meet and was second on 1-meter on the final day, 28 back of LSU’s Juan Hernandez. The freshman Duperre looks like an elite dive pickup – he was third in this tough Zone on all three boards, including 1-meter.

It was a very stratified zone – Windle and Hernandez accounted for the 1st and 2nd spots on all three boards. Duperre was third in every event, and Harness was fourth in every single event.

McCourt is qualified to compete in all three boards, but won’t earn NCAA reimbursement. It seems unlikely that finances come into the decision-making process when Texas is chasing a national title, but in a year of sharp budget cuts to swim/dive programs across the country, the reimbursement slots are that much more valuable in each Zone.

For the women, Paola Pineda won the platform event, adding a third NCAA event to her lineup. Her teammate Janie Boyle was second, booking her NCAA bid and bringing Texas to four women on the NCAA roster, too. (Bridget O’Neil will compete on both springboards and Jordan Skilken qualified on all three boards.

Missouri got two new qualifiers on the women’s side. Savana Trueb was sixth and Sarah Rousseau ninth to qualify on day 3.


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
Sarah Bacon, Minnesota 1m, 3m
Paola Pineda, Texas 1m, 3m, Pl
Brooke Schultz, Arkansas 1m, 3m
Janie Boyle, Texas Pl
Aimee Wilson, Texas A&M 1m, 3m
Abigail Knapton, Nebraska 1m, 3m, Pl
Jordan Skilken, Texas 1m, 3m, Pl
Charlye Campbell, Texas A&M 1m, 3m
Bridget O’Neil, Texas 1m, 3m
Chase Farris, Houston Pl
Savana Trueb, Missouri Pl
Montserrat Lavenant, LSU 1m, 3m, Pl
Anne Tuxen, LSU 3m, Pl
Megan Phillip, Minnesota 1m
Helle Tuxen, LSU Pl
Sarah Rousseau, Missouri Pl
Sara Troyer, Arkansas 1m, 3m
Samantha Tamborski, Iowa 3m
Chloe Ceyanes, Texas A&M 3m


Diver Events
Jordan Windle, Texas 1m, 3m, Pl
Juan Hernandez, LSU 1m, 3m, Pl
Noah Duperre, Texas 1m, 3m, Pl
Andrew Harness, Texas 1m, 3m, Pl
Jake Butler, Minnesota 3m
Tazman Abramowicz, Wisconsin 1m, 3m, Pl
Parker Hardigree, SMU 1m, 3m
Thomas Stewart, Texas A&M 1m, Pl
Peter Smithson, SMU 1m, 3m, Pl
Takuto Endo, Missouri Pl
Brendan McCourt, Texas 1m, 3m, Pl
Carlo Lopez, Missouri 1m, 3m, Pl


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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6 months ago


Reply to  Taa
6 months ago

It’s a simple choice actually … Texas qualified divers are poised to score 80-100 points this year. That on the bubble 17th swimmer will likely not have the same impact.

Reply to  Lala
6 months ago

You haven’t accurately described the choice.

The choice isn’t whether all 4 Texas divers will score more than the 17th swimmer. That’s obviously true.

The choice is whether Texas’ 3rd and 4th best divers will outscore the 17th swimmer.

It’s still probably true, but the gap isn’t as big as you’ve described.

Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

Thanks for pointing out my clarification omission. You are correct. And it is likely still true, esp with Harness.

The pressure is on
Reply to  Lala
6 months ago

Not so clear cut, Lala. The diving field is deep and strong. There are more than 16 men, who if they are “on” and hit their dives when it counts could keep Harness out of the finals. We know Harness has the DD to final, but does he have the mental toughness to maintain the calm focus required to get out of the prelims? There is nothing in club diving or college dual meet diving anything like the NCAA atmosphere — so he will surely benefit from the zero spectators allowed this year. I think his best bet to final will be the platform event because there is less competition, it’s the final day so his big stage jitters will… Read more »

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