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    SEC Diving Report: March 10

    Gamecock Divers Wrap Up First Day At NCAA Zone B Championships

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The South Carolina diving team was unable to advance a diver to the finals at the NCAA Zone B Championships on Monday at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
     
    The Gamecocks had to finish in the top 18 of each event to make the finals. The Carolina men had two divers miss out by less than six points in the one-meter springboard preliminary, while the women had one diver come up 2.4 points short of advancing to the three-meter springboard finals.
     
    “Our team really struggled today,” South Carolina diving coach Todd Sherritt said. “It was very similar to the first day at the SEC Championships. We need to work on being more aggressive on the first day. Everyone has their stronger events tomorrow, and we should have a much better day.”
     
    In the men’s one-meter springboard preliminary, senior Rylan Ridenour and sophomore Cole Miller narrowly missed qualifying for the finals. Ridenour finished 19th with a score of 273.95, which was just 3.35 points shy of making the top 18. Miller came up 5.45 points short as he placed 21st with a total of 271.85. Junior Andrew Helmich also competed in the event and finished 28th with a score of 251.75.
     
    On the women’s three-meter board, sophomore Patricia Kranz led the way with a 22nd-place finish. Kranz recorded a score of 268.80, which was 2.4 points away from finishing in the top 18. Senior Chay Malvasio finished 24th with a score of 260.10, and freshman Lauren Lamendola claimed 25th with a score of 258.60.

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    Two Gators Advance to Finals in First Night of NCAA Zone Diving
     
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Florida diving team had two divers advance to the finals on the first day of NCAA Zone B Diving Championships. The men competed on the one-meter board, while the women dove on the three-meter board.
     
    Senior Sean Saley (Pompano Beach, Fla.) advanced to the finals of the men's one-meter boards with his score of 301.20. He was in sixth place after the prelim action and then scored a 305.55 in the finals to post a combined score of 606.75 and finish ninth overall. Only the top two finishers in the men's events advance to the NCAA Championships.
     
    Just missing the cutoff for the finals was redshirt junior Christopher Jones (Palm City, Fla.) who finished 20th with a score of 273.50. Redshirt freshman Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Fla.) was 23rd after posting a score of 265.85. The field included 33 divers from schools across the southeast.
     
    On the women's side, freshman Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) secured a spot in the three-meter final after posting a score of 314.90. The top 18 moved on the finals, where Warner finished seventh overall with a combined score of 638.15. From there only the top four move on to compete at the NCAA Championships.
     
    Fellow freshman Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished 21st on the three-meter board with a score of 269.50. Also competing for the Gators was freshman Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) who finished 30th after scoring a 239.05.

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    Georgia Diver Ryan Qualifies For NCAAs
     
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- Georgia diver Laura Ryan won the women's 3-meter springboard title on Monday at the Zone B Championships, securing her place in next week's NCAA Championships. 
     
    Ryan, the SEC champion on 3-meter, scored 356.55 points in prelims and 345.95 in finals for a total of 702.50. North Carolina State's Rachel Mumma, Tennessee's Jodie McGroarty and Miami's Carrie Dragland placed second through fourth and also qualified for the NCAAs, which will be held March 21-23 in Indianapolis.
     
    "Laura did exactly what she needed to do," Georgia diving coach Dan Laak said. "She was strong on her first list and built up a lead of about 20 points, then she was solid on her second list. I'm pretty proud of her for hanging in there and doing what it took to make it to next week."
     
    The Lady Bulldogs' Ann-Perry Blank advanced to the finals and came in 13th with a total of 592.25 points. Ansley Long (255.90) and Darcie O'Brien (238.45) were 26th and 31st, respectively, in prelims. 
     
    Ryan will join Georgia's 17 swimmers at the NCAAs. The remaining Georgia divers can qualify on 1-meter on Tuesday or platform on Wednesday. Said Laak, "Our divers are into the flow of the meet now, and we're hoping for big things as we move forward."

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    MCKEAN LEADS TIGER DIVERS ON FIRST DAY OF ZONES
     
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore Fraser McKean put himself in a strong position to qualify for the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish in the men’s 1-meter event Monday at the NCAA Zone B Diving competition.
     
    Eight of nine Auburn divers competing at the meet advanced to the finals of their respective events, including all four women’s divers, at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
     
    “Overall, the results are what we needed them to be today,” Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “Fraser will get in. He’s not officially in yet, but with the doubles we project, we feel pretty confident that he’s in (the NCAA Championships).”
     
    McKean recorded a 12-dive score of 682.35 to finish third in the men’s 1-meter competition, behind 2012 Olympic medalist Nick McCrory of Duke (820.80) and Thomas Neubacher of Florida State (728.45). McCrory and Neubacher automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, and McKean currently stands two priority spots away from qualification.
     
    Junior John Santeiu put together a strong performance as well, scoring 618.35 on 12 dives to finish sixth overall, and freshman Justin Youtsey made a statement in his first collegiate postseason event with a 609.30 to finish eighth.  Both of Youtsey’s six-dive lists set personal-best marks; his 299.80 in the prelims was a PR by seven points, and then he was 10 points better still in the final with a 309.50. Fellow freshman Andrew Laing was 15th with a 559.15, and sophomore Michael Beran finished 25th in prelims with a six-dive total of 262.00.
     
    “The diver of the day on the men’s side was Justin Youtsey,” Shaffer said. “He did a great job, and I’m really proud of his efforts today, coming back and performing very well at this level. He actually did a new dive in the final that we haven’t even practiced, so that was outstanding.”
     
    In the women’s 3-meter competition, sophomore Shanna Schuelein led the group of Auburn’s four divers that all advanced to the final. Schuelein posted a 12-dive total of 606.85 for 12th place overall, and her score of 305.30 on her second six-dive list was a personal-best. Sophomore Cinzia Calabretta was 15th with a 570.70, freshman Carly Scheper took 16th with a 549.90, and freshman Morgan Mullins finished 18th with a 539.80.
     
    “I thought the girls took a huge leap forward in stepping up and competing on their first list,” Shaffer said. “The second list, they took a little bit of a step backwards and didn’t quite focus. But I’m going to focus on what they did well and build upon that for both tomorrow and Wednesday.”