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Tuesday March 6, 2012Doback and Lewark Advance to Respective Finals on Second Night of NCAA Zones

Auburn, Ala.

Two University of Florida divers advanced to the final round of NCAA Zone B Diving Regional competition Tuesday night at Auburn’s James. E. Martin Aquatic Center in an effort to earn a ticket to the NCAA Championship meet in just less than a week for the women, and right under two for the men.


Senior Kaylee Doback (Brandon, Fla.) continued on to the final round of 3-meter competition after finishing 13th during the afternoon’s preliminary session with a score of 293.60. In the evening’s final six dives, Doback earned a combined score of 551.75 to finish 18th overall.


Auburn’s Vennie Dantin went on to finish atop of the standings in the 3-meter competition, followed by South Carolina’s Courtney Forcucci and Tennessee’s Victoria Lamp.


Sophomore Mike Lewark (Davie, Fla.), who had a team-high 13th-place overall finish last night off the 3-meter boards, finished 17th in 1-meter competition Tuesday night with a combined 603.90 point total. Lewark entered the final round as the ninth-seed following a 311.35 performance in the morning’s quarterfinal.


Teammates Chris Jones (Palm City, Fla.) and David Springfels (Bradenton, Fla.), finished 24th and 25th overall with scores of 267.75 and 266.20, respectively.


Florida State’s Thomas Neubacher finished first off the men’s 1-meter boards followed by Auburn’s John Santeiu and Tennessee’s Ryan Helms.


With a double finish tonight on the men’s side, the No. 9 priority spot is now open for another two divers to advance, while the 11-13 spots are open for women entering the final day of diving. Therefore, the top three spots off the platform for the women, and top-two for the men tomorrow will advance to the NCAA meet. Unless there is another double- or triple-finish on the platform.


The NCAA Zone B Diving Regional will come to a close tomorrow morning with both the men and women diving off the platform. The men will kick-off Wednesday’s action with prelims beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, with finals immediately thereafter at 1:15 p.m. ET. The women will follow with their preliminary session slated for 4:30 p.m. ET and finals set to take off at 6:15 p.m. 3T.


It is the last chance for the Gators to earn a ticket to the NCAA Championship meet, and Lewark could potentially vie for a spot after the sophomore finished third at the SEC Championships with a career-high score of 362.65 off the platform.


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NCAA Qualifiers from Zone B

Men (Top 2 on platform tomorrow will qualify):

Samual Dorman, Miami

Thomas Neubacher, FSU

Mauricio Robles, Tennessee

John Sateiu, Auburn

Ryan Helms, Tennessee

David MacDonald, North Carolina


Women (Top 3 on Platform tomorrow will qualify)

Vennie Dantin, Auburn

Courtney Forcucci, South Carolina

Tori Lamp, Tennessee

Anna Aguero, Auburn

Thea ock, Miami

Kara McCormack, Miami

Ariel Rittenhouse, FSU


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