2021 Zone D: Windle & Bacon Each Win Again On Day 2, A&M Men Add Another Diver

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

Minnesota’s Sarah Bacon and Texas’s Jordan Windle remained undefeated through two days of the Zone D Championships. Bacon won 3-meter and Windle platform.

On the men’s side, the top four finishers were identical to yesterday’s results on 3-meter. Windle picked up the win, with LSU’s Juan Hernandez second. Two more Longhorns, Noah Duperre and Andrew Harness, were third and fourth, respectively.

The Longhorns did not quite get their fourth diver in, though – freshman Brendan McCourt was 12th with only the top 8 earning NCAA invites. In a weird quirk of the NCAA roster format, McCourt qualifying might ensure Harness actually gets to compete. Divers count as half a roster spot, and Texas is already up against the 18-man cap. Windle is a lock and might score the most individual points of any Texas athlete. That means Duperre is pretty well locked in, too, because Texas would still have half a roster spot free after cutting a swimmer for Windle.

But the final decision might come down to one swimmer vs Harness, or one swimmer vs Harness and McCourt. Texas is basically down to cutting projected swimming scorers, so while they may be willing to cut one low-end swimming scorer for two divers, the decision might be tougher between one swimming scorer and just one diver. McCourt gets his shot on 1-meter tomorrow, where the top nine will make NCAAs.

Bacon won again for the women and has now swept the springboard events in Zone D. It was mostly repeat qualifiers, though LSU added a new NCAA invite in Anne Tuxen. Nebraska’s Abigail Knapton, a big name, officially punched her ticket today after just missing the cuts yesterday.

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
Brooke Schultz, Arkansas 1m, 3m
Paola Pineda, Texas 1m, 3m
Aimee Wilson, Texas A&M 1m, 3m
Abigail Knapton, Nebraska 1m, 3m
Charlye Campbell, Texas A&M 1m, 3m
Bridget O’Neil, Texas 1m, 3m
Montserrat Lavenant, LSU 1m, 3m
Anne Tuxen, LSU 3m
Megan Phillip, Minnesota 1m
Jordan Skilken, Texas 1m, 3m
Sara Troyer, Arkansas 1m, 3m
Samantha Tamborski, Iowa 3m
Chloe Ceyanes, Texas A&M 3m


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

Just curious; why doesn’t Sarah Bacon do platform diving?

NM Coach
1 year ago

The Gophers have one of…if Not…the BEST diving coach in the country!

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