Carolina Sophomore Miller Sets 3-Meter School Record At NCAA Zone B Meet
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — South Carolina sophomore Cole Miller broke the school record on the three-meter springboard with a 12-dive score of 705.5 in the finals at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships on Tuesday at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
Miller wrapped up the event in fifth place, falling 26.2 points shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. His score broke teammate Rylan Ridenour’s record of 698.20, which he set at the 2011 Zone Championships.
“This was a much better day, but we still came up short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships,” South Carolina diving coach Todd Sherritt said. “Cole had an outstanding performance, finishing fifth and setting a school record. He dove his heart out today. He could not have performed much better. That was his best list to this point in his career.”
Miller entered the finals in 10th place with a preliminary score of 328.75 and moved up five spots with a score of 376.75 to claim fifth. Ridenour also advanced to the finals and finished 16th with a score of 631.5, and junior Andrew Helmich finished 29th overall with a preliminary score of 237.85.
Sophomore Patricia Kranz was the third Gamecock to make the finals on Tuesday as she advanced in the women’s one-meter springboard competition. Kranz posted a preliminary score of 256.3 to enter the finals in 13th place. She then scored 275.65 in the finals to finish 12th overall with a total of 531.95. Freshman Lauren Lamendola fell 7.85 points shy of making the finals as she placed 21st with a score of 243.9, and senior Chay Malvasio claimed 25th with a total of 237.4.
“Patti did a nice job today,” Sherritt said. “She had two misses, and that kept her out of qualifying. We are a very young team. These guys are going to be around for a while. We will get back to work and shore up some of the issues that came up this week. A few years ago Allison Brennan did not make the NCAA Championships her sophomore year. She won it her junior year. This team has that same potential and dynamic to it. It would not surprise me to see one of them in the winner’s circle next year.”
AUBURN JUNIOR SANTEIU WINS 3-METER AT ZONES, QUALIFIES FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Auburn junior John Santeiu will make his second appearance at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships after winning the 3-meter springboard event Tuesday at the NCAA Zone B Diving competition at Tennessee’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
But it was a good news, bad news kind of day for the Tigers. Sophomore Fraser McKean, who appeared to be in a strong position to advance after a third-place finish in the 1-meter final on Monday, is now on the outside looking in after a fourth-place finish on the 3-meter board.
“Today was a little bittersweet,” Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “I’m really proud of John with the win and advancing to the NCAA Championships. But his win, coupled with Nick McCrory (of Duke) doing simpler dives and finishing out of the top three, knocked Fraser out of the meet unless something crazy happens tomorrow. There’s one spot remaining, and that’s the winner of tower.”
Santeiu’s 12-dive score of 746.80 was 15 points clear of Tennessee’s Brent Sterling, who also qualified for his second-straight NCAA Championship appearance. McKean finished with a score of 706.95, good for fourth place, but recorded below-average scores on his final two dives to knock him out of the top three.
Third place went to Duke’s Jordan Long, who was in second place after the preliminary round, prompting McCrory to go with the simpler, lower-scoring list in the final to give his teammate a chance to move up. The move paid off, and with a win on platform by McCrory, Santeiu, Sterling or Florida State’s Thomas Neubacher, the Blue Devils will have two qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. McKean could only qualify for the championships by winning the platform final Wednesday.
Zone B was only allotted five spots at this year’s Championships, down from eight available spots last season. Qualifying spots are awarded based on each Zone’s finish at the previous year’s NCAA Championships.
All five men’s divers advanced to the 3-meter finals. Freshman Justin Youtsey turned in another strong performance, finishing 11th in the 3-meter final with a score of 649.25, and fellow freshman Andrew Laing was 15th with a 638.60. Sophomore Michael Beran finished 18th with a 607.30.
“All four guys got into finals, which is on the plus side,” Shaffer said. “Justin actually ended up doing another new dive in the finals. We had nothing to lose, so he did an inward three-and-a-half for the first time, so that was exciting. Andrew was just a few points off his personal best in the second list. So there was some good to go with the bitter disappointment of not having two guys at the NCAA Championships when we really thought we would, but that’s the way the ball bounced today.”
In the women’s 1-meter event, two Tigers advanced to the 18-diver final. Sophomore Cinzia Calabretta posted the top finish for Auburn with a 15th-place score of 516.60, and freshman Morgan Mullins was 16th with a 503.65. Sophomore Shanna Schuelein was 22nd in the prelims with a 243.30, and freshman Carly Scheper was 23rd with a 240.00.
“When you only do six dives in women’s 1-meter and everyone is doing the same dives, there’s not much room for error,” Shaffer said. “But I’m really proud of Morgan getting in two event finals after coming off a knee injury early in January.”
Georgia Divers Competing In Zone B Championships
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- Georgia's divers continued action on Tuesday in the Zone B Championship at Tennessee's Jones Aquatic Center.
Ansley Long placed 17th on the 1-meter springboard with 254.00 points in the prelims and 236.35 in the finals for a total of 490.35. Laura Ryan, who won the 3-meter title on Monday, came in 18th with 419.55 points. Ann-Perry Blank was 24th with 238.40 points and Darcie O'Brien was 33rd with 212.10 points.
The Zone B Championship will conclude on Wednesday with platform diving, and the top three finishers will qualify for the NCAA Championships next week in Indianapolis. Ryan earned one of the spots with her win on Monday and she will join Georgia's 17 swimmers at the NCAAs.
Alabama Diving Pair Makes Finals at NCAA Zone B Championships
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Two Alabama divers advanced to finals on day two of the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships being held at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus this week.
Junior Paige McCleary took ninth off the 1-meter board after scoring 561.70 points between the preliminary and final rounds. Sophomore Lisa Bogosian finished in 20th place after scoring 249.05 points in prelims.
To earn one of the 10 berths available for women out Zone B, McCleary will have to finish in the top three of Wednesday’s platform event. She could also advance if one of the 10 women who have already qualified for the meet finish in the top three off the platform.
Junior Luke Zippi led the way for the Tide men off the 3-meter board, taking eighth place after scoring 661.90 points between prelims and finals. Junior Jake Carloni, senior Pete Hillyer, and sophomore Hunter Smith finished 21st, 24th and 27th respectively off the 3-meter board, scoring 284.55, 273.75 and 262.20 points.
LSU DIVER SEAN MCKINNEY QUALIFIES FOR THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
HOUSTON, Texas—Junior diver Sean McKinney became LSU’s first male diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships after a fourth place finish on the three-meter springboard at the NCAA Zone 'D' Diving Regionals hosted at the CRWC Natatorium in Houston, Texas.
McKinney, LSU’s record holder on the three-meter, finished with a 12-line score of 769.65. McKinney was in third after prelims with a score of 376.05 and completed a final round score of 393.60, which was the second best score of his career.
“Sean’s performance was what I have been waiting to come out of him in an elite level competition,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “It was something that I knew he could do."
Eight men and seven women will emerge from the field to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships through a qualifying process that involves final places on the one-meter, three-meter and platform.
Missouri diver David Bonuchi, Texas diver Will Chandler and Minnesotta diver Michael Ross all earned automatic qualifying spots to the NCAA’s after finishing in the top three in that order on the one-meter. All three divers finished in the top-three on the three-meter. This allowed McKinney to qualify with his fourth place finish because the next NCAA qualifying spot went to the fourth place finisher on the three-meter.
Freshman Cassie Weil qualified for the NCAA Championships during the first day of competition on the three-meter after a third place finish and a 12-line total of 662.70.
On the men’s three-meter, junior Kevin Leong placed 12th with a 12-line total of 656.20. Leong jumped three spots after scoring a 323.25 in the prelims. The junior counted a final round of 332.95.
On the women’s one-meter, sophomore Alex Bettridge finished her run in seventh place with a 12-line total of 561.35. Bettridge compiled a score of 271.60 in the prelims and a score of 289.75 in the finals.
Weil came in 13th on the one-meter with a score of 526.20. Weil put together a prelim total of 265.65 and a final total of 260.55.
Freshman Allie Alter notched a prelim score of 244.60.
“We competed well, but were not as sharp as I would have hoped,” Shaffer said. “But we fought like Tigers until the very end. Our second list was better than our first lists. We were not that far off.”
“On the women’s side, with only seven spots, there is no room for error. Between the one-meter and three-meter springboard, there were six different qualifiers. The top three in each event are different people. That means the only spot left is the first place finisher on the platform.”