March 15, 2013
At the Zone C Diving meet on the 3-meter board, University of Louisville diver Hannah Gadd placed 9th with a score of 584.80. Lindsey Stephens was 14th with a score of 561.50 and Emily Stalmack was 27th with a score of 273.15 in West Lafayette, Ind. at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue.
The men competed in the 1-meter board, where Nikolas Sachs was 27th with a score of 273.15.
There are five Zone meets around the country. Each Zone is allotted a different number of qualifying berths to the NCAA Championships, with Zone C receiving nine for both genders this year.
The top 18 finishers in the prelims advance to the championship rounds, from which the divers qualify for the NCAA Championships. There is a unique matrix utilized to divvy up the nine qualifying spots among the three competitions. In Zone C, automatic bids go to the top four finishers in the 3-meter, the top three performers in the 1-meter and the top two finishers in the platform.
However, if a competitor places highly among multiple events at his or her Zone meet, he or she will not account for more than one of the nine qualifying slots allotted to his or her gender. So divers that place just below the automatic qualifying spots still receive NCAA berths sometimes. Additionally, coaches often times adjust the dive lists of their competitors who have already qualified to enhance their teammates' chances.
Once a competitor qualifies for the NCAA Championships in any of the three diving events, he or she is permitted to compete on all three boards at NCAAs. However, divers must continue to compete in every event at their Zone meet even if they qualify for NCAAs on the first day of Zones.
Virginia Tech (Zone A), Tennessee (Zone B), Houston (Zone D) and Air Force (Zone E) are also hosting Zone meets this week.
NCAA Zone C Diving Championships
Day One Qualifiers for NCAA Championships
Women's 3-Meter (Top 4 Finishers)
Michelle Cabassol, Purdue
Casey Matthews, Purdue
Cheyenne Cousineau, Ohio State
Christa Cabot, Kentucky
Men's 1-Meter (Top 3 Finishers)
Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky
Darian Schmidt, Indiana
Shane Miskiel, Ohio State