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.
2019 NCAA ZONE DIVING
- Zones A, B, D, E: Monday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 13
- Zone C: Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16
- Host schools with live results links:
- Zone A: U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD
- Zone B: Auburn University – Auburn, AL
- Zone C: Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
- Zone D: University of Texas – Austin, TX
- Zone E: Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, AZ
- Revisit our NCAA selection primer
The Texas Longhorn men qualified all three of their returning NCAA diving scorers to the 2019 NCAA meet this morning through the Zone D Championships in Austin.
The first day of Zones features the 1-meter springboard for men. At NCAAs last year, Texas last year scored Jordan Windle in fifth place, Grayson Campbell in eighth and Jacob Cornish in tenth. All three have qualified for NCAAs again this year. Campbell was third, Windle fourth and Cornish eighth at the Zone D meet. In addition, Reed Merritt finished 11th for Texas. That doesn’t qualify him for NCAAs, but since he finished in the top 12, he’s eligible to dive this event at NCAAs if he qualifies in one of the other two events the next two days.
LSU’s Juan Hernandez won the men’s 1-meter at Zone Ds this year. Hernandez was seventh at NCAAs a year ago.
On the women’s side, Texas qualified three to NCAAs. Samantha Bromberg was second overall on 3-meter, with Alison Gibson third. Meghan O’Brien wound up 8th. Zone D is the top zone this year, holding the most qualification spots, and all 12 of the NCAA-eligible finishers on 3-meter will earn official invites.
Bromberg was an A finalist on 3-meter at NCAAs last year, finishing sixth. Gibson was a B finalist and scorer. O’Brien was also an NCAA qualifier last year. Bringing all three of those divers back is a big boost for the Texas women, who are in line to contend for a top 4 (or higher) finish at NCAAs.
Kansas senior Vicky Xu – a new addition to the roster this year – won the event by 11 over Bromberg. Xu should be a top contender for the NCAA title this year. The defending NCAA champ is Arkansas sophomore Brooke Schultz, who finished fourth in Zone competition. Bromberg and Minnesota’s Sarah Bacon (sixth today) are the other returning A finalists.
Other schools with multiple women’s qualifiers: Minnesota (two qualifiers), Iowa (two) and LSU (2)
Simplified Qualifying Procedures
Each zone earns a certain number of NCAA qualifying spots based on how that zone has performed at NCAAs in the past. Each of the three diving events will have its own number of qualifiers from each zone.
If a diver is invited in one event, they can compete at NCAAs in any other event where they finish top 12 in their zone.
Reimbursement vs invited slots don’t mean much from a spectator perspective – both can compete at NCAAs. Reimbursement slots earn NCAA reimbursement to cover the athlete’s trip to NCAAs, while invited athletes are eligible to compete, but would have to travel to the meet on the school’s dime.
Here are the qualifying allotments per zone and the reimbursement spots per zone:
QUALIFYING SPOTS PER ZONE
|Zone A||6||5||5||Zone A||6||5||4|
|Zone B||9||8||6||Zone B||6||7||9|
|Zone C||9||8||12||Zone C||11||8||8|
|Zone D||9||12||9||Zone D||9||11||9|
|Zone E||8||8||9||Zone E||4||5||6|
Reimbursement Spots Per Zone