Stanford Women Add 3 Divers On Day 2 of 2016 Zone E Diving Champs

The women of Stanford, among the favorites to compete for the NCAA title next week, got a diving boost Tuesday, qualifying 3 divers for the national championships.

Full results

Gracia Leydon-Mahoney took 4th, Alex Clay 9th and Lillian Hinrichs 10th on the 3-meter board to all earn NCAA berths out of Zone E. Leydon-Mahoney is now guaranteed NCAA reimbursement status as well.*

*Read up on the full NCAA selection procedures below.

That’s a big boost to Stanford, which is expected to compete with Georgia, Cal and perhaps USC for the NCAA title. Each of those three teams only has a single diving qualifier at this point compared to 3 for Stanford.

The Stanford men also added a third diver after qualifying two on opening day. Connor Kuremsky is in, and Bradley Christensen put up his second-straight 4th-place finish to double up on qualifying spots.

Arizona’s Rafael Quintero won the men’s 1-meter, while Sharae Zheng took the women’s 3-meter for Nevada. Nevada has now won both women’s events and has two divers qualified for NCAAs.

The full qualifying list is below. 10 women and 6 men will earn NCAA reimbursement, while the rest of the qualifiers are eligible to compete at NCAAs on their school’s dime.

Priority Finisher Women Men
1 3-meter Champ Sharae Zheng, NEV Jacob Crayne, UTAH
2 1-meter Champ Krysta Palmer, NEV Rafael Quintero, AZ
3 Platform Champ
4 3-meter 2nd Maria Polyakova, UCLA Josiah Purss, UTAH
5 1-meter 2nd Sharae Zheng, NEV Josiah Purss, UTAH
6 Platform 2nd
7 3-meter 3rd Krysta Palmer, NEV Rafael Quintero, AZ
8 1-meter 3rd Maria Polyakova, UCLA Collin Pollard, USC
9 Platform 3rd
10 3-meter 4th Gracia Leydon-Mahoney, STAN Bradley Christensen, STAN
11 1-meter 4th Eloise Belanger, UCLA Bradley Christensen, STAN
12 Platform 4th
13 3-meter 5th Eloise Belanger, UCLA Tarek Abdelghany, STAN
14 1-meter 5th Deon Reid, USC
15 Platform 5th
16 3-meter 6th Aimee Harrison, HAW
17 1-meter 6th Connor Kuremsky, STAN
18 Platform 6th
19 3-meter 7th Sally Hackett, AZ
20 1-meter 7th Kevin Dreesen, BYU
21 Platform 7th
22 3-meter 8th Madison Witt, USC
23 1-meter 8th Dashiell Enos, USC
24 Platform 8th
25 3-meter 9th Alexandra Clay, STAN
26 1-meter 9th
27 Platform 9th
28 3-meter 10th Lillian Hinrichs, STAN
29 1-meter 10th
30 Platform 10th
31 3-meter 11th Anne Kastler, CAL

(Athletes in bold are locked in for NCAA reimbursement. Athletes who have doubled up on qualifying spots are noted with a line through their lower priority slot.)


From our refresher post, which you can find here.

Divers qualify for the NCAA Championships through Zone Meets spread across the country. Each zone earns a set number of NCAA qualifying spots based on the performances of that Zone at NCAAs in the past.

Here are the qualifying spots for each event in each zone:


Zone A 5 6 6
Zone B 9 8 7
Zone C 12 7 10
Zone D 6 9 9
Zone E 9 11 9



Zone A 4 5 4
Zone B 10 10 8
Zone C 7 9 8
Zone D 7 7 8
Zone E 8 5 8

Any diver who finishes within the qualifying spots for their zone earns eligibility for the NCAA Championships. Any diver who earns eligibility in one event can compete in any of the other two events at NCAAs, provided they finished inside the top 12 in their zone in that event.

The final wrinkle is a new rule from last season that makes a distinction between “eligible” athletes and “reimbursed” athletes. The NCAA loosened its rules last season to allow more divers into the meet, but divers qualifying under the new rules do not recieve reimbursement from the NCAA for their travel, lodging and meet expenses – that means it’s up to the individual school to decide if they will foot the bill themselves to allow the diver to compete at NCAAs.

Each zone has a set number of reimbursement spots between the three events combined:

Zone A 5 4
Zone B 8 9
Zone C 11 8
Zone D 7 8
Zone E 10 6

The spots are determined by a priority chart. The winners of each event have first priority, starting with the 3-meter champ, then the 1-meter champ, then the platform champ. After that, the runners-up are added in the same order. If an athlete wins both 1-meter and 3-meter, they still only take one reimbursement slot, meaning the NCAA will keep adding rows of this chart until the reimbursement quota for that zone is met.

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