Sunday March 9, 2014Florida Divers Looking to Qualify for NCAAs at Zone Diving Regionals
Florida will attempt to add divers to its NCAA rosters at the three-day NCAA Zone ‘B’ Diving Regional Championships beginning tomorrow in Greensboro, N.C. The event will begin with prelims at 11 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, with finals contested at night.
Nine women and seven men will emerge out of each field. Florida women will compete on one-meter, followed by three-meter and platform. The men will start with three-meter, followed by one-meter and platform. Selections will be built on a tier based formula that takes into consideration combined prelims and finals scores and places on both springboards and platform.
Florida did not qualify a diver into NCAAs last year, but is hoping that one of three UF sophomores, Kahlia Warner, Delaney Dye and Emily Mosher, will make a break through. Warner made the championship finals on both springboard events at the SEC Championships and finished fifth on three-meter. Both Dye and Mosher combined to score points at the conference meet.
On the men’s side, Zachary Hernandez, Chris Jones and James Pompi will look to build upon their success at the SEC Championships, where all three divers scored points eight out of nine possible boards.
Sound Bites: “We’re going to North Carolina this weekend to the Zone qualifying meet. This is an opportunity for the divers to get to the NCAA Championships. It is a very competitive competition. There will be 40 plus women and about 30 men at the meet. They will take nine from the women and seven from the women.”- Diving Coach Donnie Craine on the makeup of the field.
“I think our confidence level is high. Now it is just a matter of going into this meet and competing to the best of their abilities. One of the things that I encourage them to think about, is diving for themselves because there are no team points for this event.”- Craine on his divers.
Swimmers Already Invited: Florida women have qualified 14 swimmers and all five of their relays, and have the option to bring up to three swimmers who will only be able to swim exclusively on relays. The men’s meet psych list will be announced next Wednesday, which will reveal the swimmers invited to the NCAA meet. Florida men have already qualified all five relays. NCAA rosters are capped at 17.
women’s NCAA Championship will take place from March 20-22 in Minneapolis,
Minn., and the men will compete a week later in Austin from March 27-29.
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