Zeng Completes Zone B Sweep, UGA Women Add One Diver On Day 3

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

Tennessee’s Colin Zeng completed an elusive sweep of all three diving events at the Zone B Championships. Meanwhile Georgia’s women added a third diver to their roster.

Zone B results

Zeng won on platform to give him a sweep of all three events in the zone. Second went to NC State’s James Brady, who was already in line for a reimbursement slot but now moves up in the overall priority chart.

Tennessee’s Rachel Rubadue won on the women’s side, giving the Vols four wins in six events on the week. Behind her, Georgia’s Freida Lim finished 3rd to make NCAAs as Georgia’s highest finisher. She’ll join Olivia Ball and McKensi Austin on the Bulldog national team roster.

QUALIFYING CHART

Athletes in bold have earned NCAA reimbursement.

Priority Finisher Women Men
1 3-meter Champ Julia Vincent, SCAR Colin Zeng, TENN
2 1-meter Champ Julia Vincent, SCAR Colin Zeng, TENN
3 Platform Champ Rachel Rubadue, TENN Colin Zeng, TENN
4 3-meter 2nd Molly Carlson, FSU Gregory Duncan, UNC
5 1-meter 2nd Wallace Layland, MIA Gregory Duncan, UNC
6 Platform 2nd Rebecca Quesnel, FIU James Brady, NCSU
7 3-meter 3rd Maria Lohman, UNC Liam Stone, TENN
8 1-meter 3rd Ayla Bonniwell, FSU Evan Moretti, DUKE
9 Platform 3rd Freida Lim, UGA David Dinsmore, MIAF
10 3-meter 4th Alison Maillard, AUB James Brady, NCSU
11 1-meter 4th Rachel Rubadue, TENN Joshua Davidson, FSU
12 Platform 4th MaryEllen Targonski, DUKE Scott Lazeroff, AUB
13 3-meter 5th Wallace Layland, MIA Pete Turnham, AUB
14 1-meter 5th Alison Maillard, AUB Liam Stone, TENN
15 Platform 5th Jaina Gaudette, DUKE Zach Cooper, MIAF
16 3-meter 6th Rachel Rubadue, TENN Joshua Davidson, FSU
17 1-meter 6th Olivia Ball, UGA
18 Platform 6th Mikaela Lujan, SCAR Matthew Casillas, GT
19 3-meter 7th McKensi Austin, UGA
20 1-meter 7th Carolyn Chaney, MIA
21 Platform 7th Madeline Line, NCSU Evan Moretti, DUKE
22 3-meter 8th
23 1-meter 8th
24 Platform 8th Erin Norton, AUB
25 3-meter 9th
26 1-meter 9th
27 Platform 9th Brooke Madden, FLA

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.NCAA Diving QUALIFYING PROCEDURES

Take a look at the qualifying spots for each zone and each event:

WOMEN

WOMEN ELIGIBILITY
1m 3m Platform
Zone A 6 6 5
Zone B 7 7 9
Zone C 8 10 10
Zone D 11 9 9
Zone E 9 9 8

MEN

MEN ELIGIBILITY
1m 3m Platform
Zone A 6 5 5
Zone B 6 6 7
Zone C 10 10 11
Zone D 9 8 6
Zone E 5 7 7

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.

REIMBURSEMENT
Women Men
Zone A 4 4
Zone B 6 7
Zone C 10 10
Zone D 12 9
Zone E 9 5

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Dan

The statement below is done without knowing the exact way that additional spots are earned for each zone:
Looks like it will be hard for Zone B to earn more spots, especially on the men’s side:
7 guaranteed spots, 21 possible spots which lead to 11 qualified divers (very close to the already guaranteed 7 spots).
For the women, it looks like they might have a chance to earn more spots, 6 guaranteed spots, 23 possible spots which lead to 18 qualified divers – assuming that the schools will pay for the qualified divers.

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