2022 Zone C: Tyler Downs Leads As Purdue Men Now Have Four NCAA Qualifiers

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.


  • 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.


10 spots were up for grabs in the women’s 3-meter event, but there were only two new NCAA qualifiers as Indiana’s Kristen Hayden and Anne Fowler finished 1-2 for the second straight event.

Adding their names to the NCAA qualifiers list was Purdue’s Jenna Sonnenberg, who finished fourth, and Kentucky’s Megan Southall, who was 10th.


It was a similar story in the men’s 1-meter event with nine NCAA spots on the line and only three of them going to divers who hadn’t already earned their ticket on Day 1.

Purdue’s Tyler Downs placed first with a score of 776.45, well ahead of the field that was tightly bunched from places second through eighth.

Qualifying for NCAAs on the day was the Purdue duo of Jordan Rzepka and Gregory Duncan, who finished tied for fifth and eighth, along with ninth-place finisher Samuel Duncan of Kentucky.


Reimbursed divers are in bold and designated with a star*, with invited-but-not-reimbursed divers in non-bold. You can read more about the distinction below. Note that we’re covering which divers are currently in position to earn reimbursement, and that could change depending on results later in the competition.


Diver Event(s)
Kristen Hayden, Indiana* 1m, 3m
Anne Fowler, Indiana* 1m, 3m
Kelly Straub, Notre Dame* 1m, 3m
Mackenzie Crawford, Ohio State* 1m, 3m
Allie Klein, Michigan* 1m, 3m
Sophia McAfee, Purdue* 1m, 3m
Kyndal Knight, Kentucky* 1m, 3m
Tarrin Gilliland, Indiana* 1m, 3m
Caroline Brady, Notre Dame* 1m
Jenna Sonnenberg, Purdue* 3m
Morgan Southall, Kentucky 1m, 3m


Diver Event(s)
Carson Tyler, Indiana* 1m, 3m
Quentin Henninger, Indiana* 1m, 3m
Tyler Downs, Purdue* 1m, 3m
Andrew Capobianco, Indiana* 1m, 3m
Lyle Yost, Ohio State* 1m, 3m
Clayton Chaplin, Ohio State* 1m, 3m
Sam Bennett, Purdue* 3m
Jacob Siler, Ohio State* 3m
Jacob Fielding, Ohio State* 1m, 3m
Jordan Rzepka, Purdue* 1m, 3m
Gregory Duncan, Purdue* 1m, 3m
Samuel Duncan, Kentucky 1m


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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10 months ago

OSU qualified 5 after platform. 🤯

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10 months ago


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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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