Texas Men Add Third Diver On Final Day of Zone D Champs


  • Zones A, B, D & E: Monday, March 6 – Wednesday, March 8
  • Zone C: Thursday, March 9 – Saturday, March 11
  • Host schools:
    • Zone A: Virginia Tech
    • Zone B: Auburn
    • Zone C: Indiana
    • Zone D: Missouri
    • Zone E: Northern Arizona
  • NCAA selection primer

The Texas men will have 3 divers for the NCAA championships, where they’ll push for a 3rd-straight national title. That’s thanks to Jacob Cornish, who qualified on the final day of Zone Ds.

Zone D results

Cornish was 7th on platform, earning an NCAA bid, though not NCAA reimbursement. He joins Mark Anderson and Grayson Campbell on the Longhorn NCAA roster, which now has 15 swimmers and 3 divers. It’s hard to project which divers will score at NCAAs, given the relative subjectivity of scoring between different zones. But Cornish did finish two spots ahead of a 2016 NCAA scorer in Kyle Goodwin of Mizzou, who was 13th at NCAAs last year but just 9th at Zones this week.

Texas A&M’s Tyler Henschel won the men’s event, though he’d already booked an NCAA trip. He denied a sweep to LSU’s Juan Hernandez, who won 1-meter and 3-meter but was second on platform. The men’s side had a lot of athletes double up in high finishes, meaning reimbursement status trickled all the way down to the 5th and 6th place finishers in a few events.

Nebraska’s Abigail Knapton won the women’s platform after Minnesota’s Yu Zhou won the other two events. Missouri had a good day, qualifying two new divers in Madeline McKernan and Alexa Beckwith. The Texas women also added a third diver in Sofia Rauzi and Texas A&M got Alais Kalonji into NCAAs to have a diving presence on the women’s side.

Priority Finisher Women Men
1 3-meter Champ Yu Zhou, MINN Juan Hernandez, LSU
2 1-meter Champ Yu Zhou, MINN Juan Hernandez, LSU
3 Platform Champ Abigail Knapton, NEB Tyler Henschel, A&M
4 3-meter 2nd Elizabeth Cui, LSU Mark Anderson, TX
5 1-meter 2nd Sarah Bacon, MINN Tyler Henschel, A&M
6 Platform 2nd Alais Kalonji, A&M Juan Hernandez, LSU
7 3-meter 3rd Lauren Reedy, MIZZ Matt Barnard, MINN
8 1-meter 3rd Meghan O’Brien, TX Sam Thornton, A&M
9 Platform 3rd Lexi Tenenbaum, MINN Matt Barnard, MINN
10 3-meter 4th Alison Gibson, TX Tyler Henschel, A&M
11 1-meter 4th Elizabeth Cui, LSU Matt Barnard, MINN
12 Platform 4th Madeline McKernan, MIZZ Alan LeBlang, MINN
13 3-meter 5th Nicole Gillis, ARK Kyle Goodwin, MIZZ
14 1-meter 5th Anna Filipcic, NEB Kyle Goodwin, MIZZ
15 Platform 5th Lauren Reedy, MIZZ Matthew Phillip, LSU
16 3-meter 6th Sarah Bacon, MINN Andrew Suchla, LSU
17 1-meter 6th Lauren Reedy, MIZZ Mark Anderson, TX
18 Platform 6th Ashley Peterson, WISC Hunter Fritter, MIZZ
19 3-meter 7th Lexi Tenebaum, MINN Matthew McClellan, LSU
20 1-meter 7th Lexi Tenebaum, MINN Grayson Campbell, TX
21 Platform 7th Elizabeth Cui, LSU Jacob Cornish, TX
22 3-meter 8th Grayson Campbell, TX
23 1-meter 8th Andrew Suchla, LSU
24 Platform 8th Alexa Beckwith, MIZZ Matthew McClellan, LSU
25 3-meter 9th Alan LeBlang, MINN
26 1-meter 9th
27 Platform 9th Sofia Rauzi, TX Kyle Goodwin, MIZZ
28 3-meter 10th
29 1-meter 10th
30 Platform 10th Calli Head, IOWA
31 3-meter 11th
32 1-meter 11th
33 Platform 11th Thelma Strandberg, IOWA

(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 7 6
Zone B 10 9 7
Zone C 8 9 6
Zone D 7 7 11
Zone E 11 9 11


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

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.

Zone A 5 5
Zone B 9 9
Zone C 8 6
Zone D 8 9
Zone E 11 6

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.

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4 years ago

Divers continue to be the Longhorn’s secret weapon. Those team points have played critical roles in past Championships and will no doubt be counted on for their 13th title run this year… How hard it must be for ‘swim’ teams without NCAA qualifying divers to seeing those points pile up for Texas… Just gotta love those ‘surface rippers’!!!

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