2022 Zone B: Florida’s Garcia, Lumia Nab NCAA Qualifications On Day 2

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.

2022 NCAA ZONE DIVING

  • Zone A: US Naval Academy / Annapolis, Md.
  • Zone B: Georgia Tech Aquatic Center / Atlanta, Ga.
  • Zone C: Canham Natatorium / Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Zone D: Soderholm Aquatic Center / Madison, Wisc.
  • Zone E: Wall Aquatic Center / Flagstaff, Ariz.

MEN’S 1-METER

UNC’s Anton Down-Jenkins led the way and the University of Florida got one diver qualified for NCAAs on the second day of action at the Zone B Championships in Atlanta.

Down Jenkins put up a score of 742.85 to easily pace the field in the men’s 1-meter event, with Tennessee’s Bryden Hattie (711.00) edging out Miami’s Maxwell Flory (709.85) for second.

A total of eight qualifying spots were up for grabs in this event, with Tennessee and Alabama both getting two men confirmed for NCAAs while top-three team challenger Florida got one in the form of Leonardo Garcia.

Women’s 3-Meter

With 10 qualifying spots on the line, all but two of the divers who finished in the top-10 on women’s 3-meter had already qualified in Sunday’s 1-meter, with Tennessee’s Grace Cable and Florida’s Carina Lumia earning NCAA berths by placing ninth and 10th.

South Carolina’s Brooke Schultz came out on top in the event, scoring 752.70 to lead Miami’s Mia Vallee and UNC’s Aranza Vazquez Montano.

QUALIFIERS LIST

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

Women

Diver Event(s)
Aranza Vazquez Montano, UNC 1m, 3m
Mia Vallee, Miami 1m, 3m
Brooke Schultz, South Carolina 1m, 3m
Emma Gullstrand, Miami (FL) 1m, 3m
Margo O’Meara, Duke 1m, 3m
Maddison Pullinger, Duke 1m, 3m
Meghan Wenzel, Georgia 1m
Camryn Hidalgo, Georgia Tech 1m, 3m
Maha Amer, Florida 1m, 3m
Maha Gouda, FIU 1m
Grace Cable, Tennessee 3m
Carina Lumia, Florida 3m

Men

Anton Down-Jenkins, UNC 1m
Bryden Hattie, Tennessee 1m
Maxwell Flory, Miami (FL) 1m
Mohamed Farouk, Alabama 1m
Zhenwei Li, Alabama 1m
Matthew Wade, Tennessee 1m
Conner Pruitt, Auburn 1m
Leonardo Garcia, Florida 1m

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.

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Dan
8 months ago

Does not-reimbursed divers count towards the total number of divers invited, or do they count like a relay only swimmer does?

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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