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 men will have at least a trio of NCAA divers, adding Jacob Cornish to their NCAA eligible roster after day 2.
Cornish was 7th on 1-meter to join the eligibility list, though he hasn’t yet earned reimbursement. It was a great night for the Longhorns, with Grayson Campbell winning after finishing second on 3-meter last night. Because of his double and that of 3-meter champ Juan Hernandez (who was second for LSU tonight), Jordan Windle also gets a reimbursement slot.
For the women, Minnesota’s Sarah Bacon won 3-meter with Arkansas’ Brooke Schultz second. Both were already into the meet from 1-meter, but now earn reimbursement. The Texas women also have three divers into the meet: Samantha Bromberg, Meghan O’Brien 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|
|4||3-meter 2nd||Brooke Schultz, ARF||Grayson Campbell, TX|
|5||1-meter 2nd||Samantha Bromberg, TX||Juan Hernandez, LSU|
|7||3-meter 3rd||Elizabeth Cui, LSU||Tyler Henschel, A&M|
|8||1-meter 3rd||Sarah Bacon, MINN||Sam Thornton, A&M|
|10||3-meter 4th||Meghan O’Brien, TX||Jordan Windle, TX|
|11||1-meter 4th||Brooke Schultz, ARF||Jordan Windle, TX|
|13||3-meter 5th||Samantha Bromberg, TX||Kyle Goodwin, MIZZ|
|14||1-meter 5th||Meghan O’Brien, TX||Nick Yang, MINN|
|16||3-meter 6th||Alison Gibson, TX||Kurtis Matthews, A&M|
|17||1-meter 6th||Alison Gibson, TX||Kurtis Matthews, A&M|
|19||3-meter 7th||Kristen Hayden, MINN||Sam Thornton, A&M|
|20||1-meter 7th||Madeline McKernan, MIZZ||Jacob Cornish, TX|
|22||3-meter 8th||Kendra Kieser, MIZZ||Nick Yang, MINN|
|23||1-meter 8th||Sofia Rauzi, TX||Bryce Klein, SMU|
|25||3-meter 9th||Maha Amer, ARF||—|
|26||1-meter 9th||Jayah Matthews, IA||Tyler Henschel, A&M|
|29||1-meter 10th||Kristen Hayden, MINN||—|
|32||1-meter 11th||Kendra Kieser, MIZZ||—|
NCAA Diving QUALIFYING PROCEDURES
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.
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.