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Monday March 5, 2012Lewark Finishes 13th on First Night of NCAA Zone B Diving Regionals

Auburn, Ala.

The University of Florida menís and womenís diving team is on hand in Auburn, Ala. At the James E. Martin Aquatic Center for the NCAA Zone B Diving meet for a chance to advance to their respective National Championship meet.


A total of 10 spots for the women and eight spots for the men are up for grabs as the Zone meet marks the only opportunity for collegiate divers to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The womenís NCAA Womenís Championships will take place March 15-17 again in Auburn, Ala. While the menís NCAA Championships are slated for March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.


Four divers in all are representing Florida at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. Senior Kaylee Doback (Brandon, Fla.) is Floridaís lone representative for the women in the six-state region competition. The men are represented by senior David Springfels (Bradenton, Fla.), redshirt sophomore Chris Jones (Palm City, Fla.) and sophomore Mike Lewark (Davie, Fla.).


Lewark led the way for the Gators on the first day of competition with a 13th-place finish off the 3-meter springboard. The sophomore diver who has led UF off the boards throughout the season scored a 340.50 in the preliminary round to advance to the finals and vie for a spot to the NCAA meet on the first night of competition. The sophomore diver went on to score a total of 696.45 points to finish 13th overall.


He was followed by fellow teammates Jones who finished 25th overall with a 295.25 score and Springfels who totaled a 234.25 mark to finish 35th  off the 3-meter boards.


Miamiís Samuel Dorman took home the 3-meter championship after totaling 793.45 points. Dorman was followed by a pair of Tennessee divers in Mauricio Robles Rodriguez (786.95), and Ryan Helms (762.10) who finished second and third, respectively, to advance to the NCAA Championships.


Doback, the lone female diver representing the Orange and Blue, just missed advancing to the womenís 1-meter finals when she finished 19th in the preliminary round with a score of 254.30.


Auburn advances two divers to the NCAA Championships as Vennie Dantin took home the top spot off the 1-meter boards with a final score of 594.55 and teammate Anna Aguero finished third with 583.85 points. South Carolinaís Courtney Forcucci will also advance as she finished second (590.35) in the final round of competition.


The second day of NCAA Zone B Diving Regional will continue again tomorrow with menís 1-meter preliminaries at 11 a.m. with finals to follow. The womenís 3-meter prelims are slated to begin at 3:30 p.m., with finals immediately after. Live scoring is available through or by following this link.


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