March 10, 2014
Monday included Women’s 1-Meter Diving and Men’s 3-Meter Diving.
The Golden Gophers, guided by Head Diving Coach Wenbo Chen, qualified nine divers in this week’s events (five women and four men).
Some key notes that separate the NCAA Zone Diving events from the B1G Championships are:
- The top 18 in prelims are sent on to finals
- Individuals’ scores will carry over from prelims to finals
- The top three divers on the springboard finals and top diver on platform finals automatically qualify to either:
- The NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- The NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 27-29 in Austin, Texas
Women’s 1-Meter •
Maggie Keefer, Jessica Ramberg, Sarah McCrady, Katy Etterman and Lexi Tenenbaum competed this morning. Minnesota looked strong during the preliminary rounds, and sent four out of the five divers to the finals.
Senior Maggie Keefer led the Gophers finishing with 661.10 points for second place. She finished in second place in this event at the 2013 NCAA Championships, and will be looking to continue her success at this year’s Championships next week, hosted by Minnesota.
Sophomore Jessica Ramberg finished fourth today with 632.95 points. Although not an automatic qualifier, she is in a great spot to move up depending on other qualifications this week.
Men’s 3-Meter •
Matt Barnard, Manny Pollard, Nick Rodriguez, and Dylan Zoe represented the Gopher Men on the 3-meter board. Prelims showed some great dives for the Golden Gophers. The men’s team went on to send 3 of 4 divers to the 3-Meter finals (Manny, Matt, and Dylan).
Freshman Matt Barnard finished 10thin the event with a score of 764.15.
Dylan Zoe had a 15thplace finish with 710.50 points.
Tuesday will continue the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships starting with Men’s 1-Meter Diving that can be watched live here at beginning at 11 a.m. CT. Women’s 3-Meter Diving will follow, beginning around 2:00 p.m. CT.
Make sure to follow @Gophers_Swim on Twitter for live updates!
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