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
The Texas Longhorn men will bring three divers with to NCAAs in pursuit of a fourth-straight title, including Jordan Windle, who was second on platform on day 3 of the Zone D Championships.
Texas A&M’s Tyler Henschel won the zone title on platform, while Texas’s Samantha Bromberg won the women’s event. That left Zone D with six different winners in each of the six diving events this week.
Bromberg will lead a group of four Longhorn women to NCAAs. She’s joined by Meghan O’Brien, Sofia Rauzi and Alison Gibson.
Athletes in bold have earned NCAA reimbursement.
|1||3-meter Champ||Sarah Bacon, MINN||Juan Hernandez, LSU|
|2||1-meter Champ||Elizabeth Cui, LSU||Grayson Campbell, TX|
|3||Platform Champ||Samantha Bromberg, TX||Tyler Henschel, A&M|
|4||3-meter 2nd||Brooke Schultz, ARF||Grayson Campbell, TX|
|5||1-meter 2nd||Samantha Bromberg, TX||Juan Hernandez, LSU|
|6||Platform 2nd||Abigail Knapton, NEB||Jordan Windle, TX|
|7||3-meter 3rd||Elizabeth Cui, LSU||Tyler Henschel, A&M|
|8||1-meter 3rd||Sarah Bacon, MINN||Sam Thornton, A&M|
|9||Platform 3rd||Alais Kalonji, A&M||Matthew Phillip, LSU|
|10||3-meter 4th||Meghan O’Brien, TX||Jordan Windle, TX|
|11||1-meter 4th||Brooke Schultz, ARF||Jordan Windle, TX|
|12||Platform 4th||Kristen Hayden, MINN||Jacob Cornish, TX|
|13||3-meter 5th||Samantha Bromberg, TX||Kyle Goodwin, MIZZ|
|14||1-meter 5th||Meghan O’Brien, TX||Nick Yang, MINN|
|15||Platform 5th||Sofia Rauzi, TX||Alan LeBlang, MINN|
|16||3-meter 6th||Alison Gibson, TX||Kurtis Matthews, A&M|
|17||1-meter 6th||Alison Gibson, TX||Kurtis Matthews, A&M|
|18||Platform 6th||Madeline McKernan, MIZZ||Nick Yang, MINN|
|19||3-meter 7th||Kristen Hayden, MINN||Sam Thornton, A&M|
|20||1-meter 7th||Madeline McKernan, MIZZ||Jacob Cornish, TX|
|21||Platform 7th||Nicole Gillis, ARK||—|
|22||3-meter 8th||Kendra Kieser, MIZZ||Nick Yang, MINN|
|23||1-meter 8th||Sofia Rauzi, TX||Bryce Klein, SMU|
|24||Platform 8th||Thelma Strandberg, IA||—|
|25||3-meter 9th||Maha Amer, ARF||—|
|26||1-meter 9th||Jayah Matthews, IA||Tyler Henschel, A&M|
|27||Platform 9th||Morgan Justus, MINN||—|
|29||1-meter 10th||Kristen Hayden, MINN||—|
|32||1-meter 11th||Kendra Kieser, MIZZ||—|
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:
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.