Arkansas Wraps Up at NCAA Zone Diving
HOUSTON, Texas – University of Arkansas diver Kesha Naylor had a tremendous outing in the platform finals, but it wasn’t enough to advance herself to the NCAA Championship, as the junior finished fifth with a final score of 546.70.
Freshman Shelby Bartlett also competed in the platform competition for the Razorbacks, finishing 25th with a final score of 170.0. Freshman Hannah Bortnick finished the day 27th overall with a final score of 164.05. Bortnick rebounded nicely after her first dive earning a 41.25 on her second dive for her best score of the day.
Naylor began the competition with a bang, nailing her opening dive, an inward three and a half tuck, for a score of 62.40, putting her in second. The junior’s first dive set the tone for her performance as she finished the preliminaries in third with a score of 277.35.
The Sasketchewan, Can., native opened the finals much like she did the prelims with a monster dive for 60.8 points. However, Naylor missed her second dive in the finals and earned just 34.2 points. Naylor wasn’t out for the count after returning to the platform to tally her best score of the competition, a 65.6 dive in round three. Naylor then closed out the competition with two consistent dives, but they weren’t enough to put her over the top.
The Razorbacks return to the pool to compete in the NCAA Championships, held in Indianapolis, Ind., from March 21-23. Arkansas will send a school-record seven swimmers to the Championship and 13 different chances to score.
Fans looking to follow the swimming and diving team as they compete at NCAA Zone Diving can do so by tuning in to ArkansasRazorbacks.com and following the Razorbacks on Twitter (@RazorbackSwim).
Auburn Concludes Zone B Diving
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The NCAA Zone B Diving meet wrapped up Wednesday at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center with platform diving, and the five men's and 10 women's selections to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships were finalized.
In Wednesday's platform event, four of five Auburn men's competitors advanced to the final. Sophomore Michael Beran led the way with a fourth-place finish, scoring a 12-dive total of 679.90, and sophomore Fraser McKean was fifth with a 664.40. A pair of freshmen also made the final with Andrew Laing scoring 622.00 to finish ninth and Justin Youtsey taking 12th place with a 568.60.
Junior John Santeiu, who secured his spot in the NCAA Championships by winning the 3-meter event Tuesday, performed a simpler, low-scoring list of dives and did not qualify for the final.
On the women's side, sophomore Cinzia Calabretta led the way for Auburn with an eighth-place finish in the platform final, scoring 472.30 over 10 dives. Sophomore Shanna Schuelein placed 14th in the preliminaries with a score of 218.65 on her five-dive list, freshman Carly Scheper was 16th with a 217.10, and freshman Morgan Mullins was 19th with a 204.60.
The NCAA Women's Championships run March 21-23 and the NCAA Men's Championships are set for March 28-30, with both meets taking place at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI in Indianapolis. Auburn's women will have 14 swimmers competing at the meet, and the full list of men's qualifiers will be announced later Wednesday.
Zone B Men's Qualifiers
Nick McCrory (Duke)
John Santeiu (Auburn)
Brent Sterling (Tennessee)
Thomas Neubacher (Florida State)
Jordan Long (Duke)
Zone B Women's Qualifiers
Hannah Hopkins (NC State)
Laura Ryan (Georgia)
Rachel Mumma (NC State)
Kelsey Goodman (Florida State)
Jodie McGroarty (Tennessee)
Tori Lamp (Tennessee)
Kara McCormack (Miami)
Carrie Dragland (Miami)
Lindsay Lester (Miami)
Ann-Perry Blank (Georgia)