IU Sweeps Day 1 Titles At Zone Cs, Qualifies 4 For NCAAs

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.

2018 NCAA ZONE DIVING

  • Zones A, B, D, E: Monday, March 5 – Wednesday, March 7
  • Zone C: Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10
  • Host schools:
    • Zone A: Rutgers University
    • Zone B: University of Tennessee
    • Zone C: Ohio State University
    • Zone D: University of Minnesota
    • Zone E: Northern Arizona University
  • NCAA selection primer

Indiana swept titles on the opening day of the Zone C Championships, with Michael Hixon winning the men’s 3-meter and Jessica Parratto the women’s 1-meter.

Zone C results

Indiana will ultimately get four divers into NCAAs from day 1. Hixon, runner-up James Connor and 8th-place Andrew Capobianco for the men and Parratto for the women.

It was also a great night for Purdue, which qualified two men (Steele Johnson and Joseph Cifelli) and two women (Samantha Reese and Morgan Meixner). Ohio State got Christopher Law and Stephen Romanik in for the men.

Here’s a look at the current qualifying chart:

QUALIFYING CHART

Athletes in bold have earned NCAA reimbursement.

Priority Finisher Women Men
1 3-meter Champ Michael Hixon, IU
2 1-meter Champ Jessica Parratto, IU
3 Platform Champ
4 3-meter 2nd James Connor, IU
5 1-meter 2nd Olivia Rosendahl, NU
6 Platform 2nd
7 3-meter 3rd Steele Johnson, PUR
8 1-meter 3rd Samantha Reese, PUR
9 Platform 3rd
10 3-meter 4th Joseph Coumous, ND
11 1-meter 4th Pei Lin, MIA
12 Platform 4th
13 3-meter 5th Christopher Law, OSU
14 1-meter 5th Talisa Lemke, BGSU
15 Platform 5th
16 3-meter 6th Stephen Romanik, OSU
17 1-meter 6th Erin Isola, ND
18 Platform 6th
19 3-meter 7th
Sebastian Masterton, UK
20 1-meter 7th Kelly Straub, ND
21 Platform 7th
22 3-meter 8th Andrew Capobianco, IU
23 1-meter 8th Morgan Meixner, PUR
24 Platform 8th
25 3-meter 9th Ross Todd, MICH
26 1-meter 9th
27 Platform 9th
28 3-meter 10th Joseph Cifelli, PUR
29 1-meter 10th
30 Platform 10th
31 3-meter 11th
32 1-meter 11th
33 Platform 11th

There are five zone meets spread across the country that allow divers to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Based on performances at the previous NCAAs each zone earns a set number of qualifying spots.NCAA Diving QUALIFYING PROCEDURES

Take a look at the qualifying spots for each zone and each event:

WOMEN

WOMEN ELIGIBILITY
1m 3m Platform
Zone A 6 6 5
Zone B 7 7 9
Zone C 8 10 10
Zone D 11 9 9
Zone E 9 9 8

MEN

MEN ELIGIBILITY
1m 3m Platform
Zone A 6 5 5
Zone B 6 6 7
Zone C 10 10 11
Zone D 9 8 6
Zone E 5 7 7

A priority chart determines who gets the reimbursement spots. The first priority spot is taken by the winner of each event beginning with the 3-meter champ, followed by the 1-meter champ and then the platform champ. If an athlete wins two events, they will still only take up one slot which means the NCAA will keep adding rows to this chart until the zone meet reimbursement quota is met.

According to the rules set in 2015 that allowed more divers into the meet, any diver who lands in the qualifying spots for their zone earns a spot to compete in the NCAA Championships. If the diver earns eligibility in one event, they can automatically compete in any of the other two events at NCAAs as long as they finished in the top 12 in their zone in that event.

The NCAA made a distinction between “eligible” and “reimbursed” athletes. Divers qualifying outside of the reimbursement spots will not have their travel, lodging, or meet expenses covered by the NCAA.  Instead the individual school must decide if they’re willing to pay the bill themselves to give that diver an opportunity to participate in the NCAA Championships.

REIMBURSEMENT
Women Men
Zone A 4 4
Zone B 6 7
Zone C 10 10
Zone D 12 9
Zone E 9 5

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