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.
2019 NCAA ZONE DIVING
- Zones A, B, D, E: Monday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 13
- Zone C: Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16
- Host schools with live results links:
- Zone A: U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD
- Zone B: Auburn University – Auburn, AL
- Zone C: Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
- Zone D: University of Texas – Austin, TX
- Zone E: Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, AZ
- Revisit our NCAA selection primer
The Georgia women will have two divers competing in three events at NCAAs after Freida Lim took second on platform on the final day of the Zone B Championships.
Lim was a transfer to Georgia last year, leaving Clemson after that school cut its diving program. She’ll make her second NCAA appearance for Georgia – last year, she was 32nd on platform. Lim will only compete on platform at NCAAs, and Georgia’s other diver, Mckensi Austin, will only compete on 1-meter and 3-meter.
Duke also qualified two women’s divers on the final day. Jaina Gaudette was third on platform and Mackenzie Wilborn fifth. Wilborn had missed the 1-meter cut by two spots earlier in the week, and will now get to compete in both at NCAAs with an invite here. Duke will have four women’s divers at NCAAs.
The other new qualifier was Marissa Roth of South Carolina.
The Miami men qualified two platform specialists to bring their NCAA diving roster total to 3. David Dinsmore won the platform and Zach Cooper was second, joining 1-meter champ Briadam Herrera on the NCAA roster.
Not much else changed from a team scoring perspective. Tennessee’s Colin Zeng was third overall, qualifying for his third event. Will Hallam added a third event, but Tennessee blocked themselves from another entry. Matthew Wade had qualified on both springboards, but had to finish top 12 to be eligible to add platform at NCAAs. His teammate Keegan Richardson beat him by 5.5 points for 12th. Richardson didn’t get an individual invite, so can’t compete in the event at NCAAs. Wade would have been able to enter the event at NCAAs, had he been 12th or better.
Simplified Qualifying Procedures
Each zone earns a certain number of NCAA qualifying spots based on how that zone has performed at NCAAs in the past. Each of the three diving events will have its own number of qualifiers from each zone.
If a diver is invited in one event, they can compete at NCAAs in any other event where they finish top 12 in their zone.
Reimbursement vs invited slots don’t mean much from a spectator perspective – both can compete at NCAAs. Reimbursement slots earn NCAA reimbursement to cover the athlete’s trip to NCAAs, while invited athletes are eligible to compete, but would have to travel to the meet on the school’s dime.
Here are the qualifying allotments per zone and the reimbursement spots per zone:
QUALIFYING SPOTS PER ZONE
|Zone A||6||5||5||Zone A||6||5||4|
|Zone B||9||8||6||Zone B||6||7||9|
|Zone C||9||8||12||Zone C||11||8||8|
|Zone D||9||12||9||Zone D||9||11||9|
|Zone E||8||8||9||Zone E||4||5||6|
Reimbursement Spots Per Zone