CSCAA Releases Revised Diving All-American Criteria

The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has released revised criteria for All-American recognition for diving for the 2020-2021 college season. 

The CSCAA put together an ad-hoc advisory group represented by coaches from all three divisions to finalize standards in the event that a championship meet is canceled. The criteria are separated by division:

Division I: In the event that the NCAA Division I Championships are not held, student-athletes will be considered for All-America Honors if they:

  • Win their respective event at a bona-fide collegiate conference championship OR place 2-4th in one of the five autonomy conferences (ACC, B1G, Big XII, Pa-12 or SEC); AND
  • Submit their championship video and diving for review. 

All eligible student-athletes will be reviewed and ranked by a panel of judges. The top eight will be named First Team All-America and the next eight will be named Second Team All-America.

Division II: In the event that the NCAA Division II Championships are not held, student-athletes will be considered for All-America Honors if they:

  • Achieve a minimum qualifying score at a bona fide competition (below): AND
    • 1-Meter Men: 285/ 440
    • 3-Meter Men:  295/460
    • 1-Meter Women: 255/390
    • 3-Meter Women: 265/420
  • Submit their dive sheets and results to the committee for review by May 15th. 

All eligible student-athletes will be reviewed and ranked by a panel of judges. The top eight will be named First Team All-America and the next eight will be named Second Team All-America.

Division III: In the event that the NCAA Division III Championships are not held, student-athletes will be considered for All-America Honors if they:

  • Achieve a minimum qualifying score at a bona fide competition (below); AND
    • 1-Meter Men: 275/ 425
    • 3-Meter Men:  285/440
    • 1-Meter Women: 255/395
    • 3-Meter Women: 255/410
  • Submit their video and results to the committee for review by May 15th.

All eligible student-athletes will be reviewed and ranked by a panel of judges. The top eight will be named First Team All-America and the next eight will be named Second Team All-America.

The ad-hoc committee was composed of the following coaches: Greg Brandes, University of Rochester; Kyle Friesenhahn, Delta State University; Katie Hazelton, University of Pittsburgh; Patrick Jeffrey, Stanford University, Johan Lopez, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Richard Marschner, University of Utah; Yahya Radman, North Carolina State University; Adam Vance, Sacred Heart University; and John Wolsh, James Madison University

The NCAA Swimming & Diving championship meets were canceled at all three divisions in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This led to the CSCAA having to readjust their criteria for who earned these honors. Since 1985, the Top-8 finishers earn “All-American” recognition while places 9-16 receive “All-American Honorable Mention” recognition. Last year the criteria for Division I was adjusted to:

All Relays Achieving ‘A’ Standards, individuals selected to the NCAA Championships, and divers entered in uncontested events from the Zone C Diving Qualification meet are named All-American.”

Division II, which saw their meet canceled midway through the second day of competition in 2020 used two different criteria for determining All-American honors. In events that were contested, the top eight finalists were named to the first team while the consolation finalists were named Honorable Mention. In events that did not take place, individual and relay qualifiers selected to the meet were named All-American.

In 2020, Division III selected All-Americans “based upon those individuals and relays selected to the championship and are members of the CSCAA.”

Last week it was announced that the Division III meet has been canceled for 2021 while the NCAA plans to move ahead with the Division I and Division II meets.

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