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 Longhorns added two male divers and 4 female divers to their NCAA squads on day 1.
Grayson Campbell was second for the Longhorn men, earning a reimbursement bid, while rookie Jordan Windle was fourth on 3-meter. Meanwhile the Texas women saw runner-up Samantha Bromberg, fifth-place Meghan O’Brien, sixth-place Alison Gibson and eighth-place Sofia Rauzi all make the tournament.
Juan Hernandez of LSU won for the men, while his teammate Elizabeth Cui won on women’s 1-meter.
Other teams getting multiple qualifiers were Minnesota (Sarah Bacon and Kristen Hayden plus Nick Yang), Missouri (Madeline McKernan and Kendra Kieser plus Kyle Goodwin) and the Texas A&M men, who scored three qualifiers. Tyler Henschel is in as a reimbursed athlete, and both Kurtis Matthews and Sam Thornton are in.
Here’s a look at the current qualifying chart:
Athletes in bold have earned NCAA reimbursement.
|1||3-meter Champ||Juan Hernandez, LSU|
|2||1-meter Champ||Elizabeth Cui, LSU|
|4||3-meter 2nd||Grayson Campbell, TX|
|5||1-meter 2nd||Samantha Bromberg, TX|
|7||3-meter 3rd||Tyler Henschel, A&M|
|8||1-meter 3rd||Sarah Bacon, MINN|
|10||3-meter 4th||Jordan Windle, TX|
|11||1-meter 4th||Brooke Schultz, ARF|
|13||3-meter 5th||Kyle Goodwin, MIZZ|
|14||1-meter 5th||Meghan O’Brien, TX|
|16||3-meter 6th||Kurtis Matthews, A&M|
|17||1-meter 6th||Alison Gibson, TX|
|19||3-meter 7th||Sam Thornton, A&M|
|20||1-meter 7th||Madeline McKernan, MIZZ|
|22||3-meter 8th||Nick Yang, MINN|
|23||1-meter 8th||Sofia Rauzi, TX|
|26||1-meter 9th||Jayah Matthews, IA|
|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.