Texas Men Qualify Two Divers At Zone D’s Day 1

2017 NCAA Zone Diving

  • 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 defending NCAA champion Texas Longhorns will have at least two divers competing in Indianapolis later this month, including All-American Mark Anderson.

Zone D results

Anderson and Grayson Campbell are both locked into NCAA berths, though neither has yet earned NCAA reimbursement status. With Zone D’s relative wealth of reimbursement slots, though, it seems likely one or both will earn that distinction later this week.

On the men’s side, LSU’s Juan Hernandez won the 1-meter event, followed by Texas A&M’s duo of Tyler Henschel and Sam Thornton. Those three are all locked into NCAA reimbursement slots (the equivalent of the old qualifying method changed in 2015).

For the women, Minnesota dominated competition, qualifying three divers including 3-meter winner Yu Zhou. The 2016 NCAA runner-up on platform, Zhou will be into NCAAs in a reimbursement slot along with eligible (but not yet reimbursed) divers Sarah Bacon and Lexi Tenenbaum.

The Texas women also qualified one diver, Allison Gibson. 

The full qualifying list is below. We’ll continue updating this chart as more events happen this week.

Priority Finisher Women Men
1 3-meter Champ Yu Zhou, MINN
2 1-meter Champ Juan Hernandez, LSU
3 Platform Champ
4 3-meter 2nd Elizabeth Cui, LSU
5 1-meter 2nd Tyler Henschel, A&M
6 Platform 2nd
7 3-meter 3rd Lauren Reedy, MIZZ
8 1-meter 3rd Sam Thornton, A&M
9 Platform 3rd
10 3-meter 4th Alison Gibson, TEX
11 1-meter 4th Matt Barnard, MINN
12 Platform 4th
13 3-meter 5th Nicole Gillis, ARK
14 1-meter 5th Kyle Goodwin, MIZZ
15 Platform 5th
16 3-meter 6th Sarah Bacon, MINN
17 1-meter 6th Mark Anderson, TX
18 Platform 6th
19 3-meter 7th Lexi Tenebaum, MINN
20 1-meter 7th Grayson Campbell, TX
21 Platform 7th
22 3-meter 8th
23 1-meter 8th Andrew Suchla, LSU
24 Platform 8th
25 3-meter 9th
26 1-meter 9th
27 Platform 9th
28 3-meter 10th
29 1-meter 10th
30 Platform 10th
31 3-meter 11th
32 1-meter 11th
33 Platform 11th

(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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7 years ago

Are we sure Cal will be even second this year? I have a hard time seeing Cal being better then Texas this year.

Bay City Tex
Reply to  Huh?
7 years ago

Cal will load up in fly, backstroke, and IM. Relays all currently ranked vwry high. Weak in breast like Horns, except for Licon. Several Cal relays ranked ahead of Horns. Can’t wait to see what Braden and staff project. They’ve had Cal at #1 pretty much all year year over Horns.

Bay City Tex
Reply to  Jared Anderson
7 years ago

Okay, I could’ve swirn Cal was ahead in your more,recent power rankings. December, January, February? Thanks for setting me straight!

Bay City Tex
7 years ago

Does Cal have any men divers who could,score at N.C’s? I’ve been saying for months it,could come down to diving. Now with Quah, it’s crucial Horns scorescore at least 50. Anderson scored 35 last year. Maybe Grayson can score 15?

Bay City Tex
Reply to  Jared Anderson
7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

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