March 4, 2018
|Virginia at NCAA Zone A Diving Championships|
|Date||Mon.- Wed., March. 5- 7, 2018|
|Time||Monday: Women's 1m | Men's 3m- Noon
Tuesday: Women's 3m| Men's 1m- Noon
Wednesday: Platform- 11 a.m.
|Location||Piscataway, N.J. | Rutgers Aquatic Center|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Five members of the Virginia men’s and women’s diving teams will compete in the 2018 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships beginning on Monday (March 5) at the Rutgers Aquatic Center in Piscataway, N.J. Events will begin at noon Monday and Tuesday and at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Senior Corey Johnson (Ambler, Pa.), junior Kylie Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.), sophomore Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) and freshman Jocelyn Porter (Cornelius, N.C.) will compete in the women’s meet, while sophomore Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) will participate in the men’s competition.
All five divers will participate in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform competitions. The Zone A Diving Championships will host a field of 109 participants.
Johnson captured a career-best score in the 1-meter and 3-meter boards during the season, recording a score of 282.07 and 331.72, respectively. At the ACC Championships, she finished 12th in the platform with a score of 211.40 and 15th in the 3-meter dive with a score of 269.10. She recorded a score of 218.70 in the 1-meter dive to finish 29th at the conference meet.
Towbin set UVA records in the 3-meter and platform dive during the season, in addition to capturing the program’s second-best performance in the 1-meter dive. She recorded a score of 355.05 against North
During the season, Dusel recorded career-best performances in the 3-meter with a score 321.15 and the platform with a score of 245.20. Dusel advanced to the finals of the 3-meter and the platform at the ACC Championships. She finished sixth in the 3-meter with a score of 307.10 and seventh in the platform with a score of 203.80. She finished 22nd in the 1-meter with a score of 234.80.
Porter recorded two career-high performances at the Frank Elm Invitational, capturing a score of 287.85 in the 1-meter dive and a score of 233.60 in the platform dive. She earned a score of 264.35 in a tri-meet against Louisville and Princeton in the 3-meter.
Shelton secured a season-high score in the 1-meter dive and 3-meter dive against Duke. He earned a score of 334.73 in the 1-meter and a score of 354.98 in the 3-meter at the meet. At the ACC Championships, he finished 28th in the 1-meter with a score of 245.15, 14th in the 3-meter with a score of 312.10 and 19th in the platform with a score of 256.75.
Monday’s competition will feature a field of 60 student-athletes competing in the women’s 1-meter and 46 student-athletes competing in the men’s 3-meter dive. On Tuesday, the women’s 3-meter dive will feature a field of 58 competitors, while the men’s 1-meter dive competition will showcase a field of 44 entries. The meet will conclude on Wednesday with the platform dive. The women’s competition will showcase 21 divers as the men’s competition features 23 divers.
The top 18 competitors in each event will advance to the finals in hopes of earning a berth to the NCAA Championships.
For Zone A, the women’s competition will advance the top six in the 1-meter dive, the top six in the 3-meter dive and the top five in the platform dive to the NCAA Championships. On the men’s side, the top six will advance in the 1-meter, while the top five will advance from both the 3-meter and the platform.
The women’s NCAA Championships will be held March 14-17 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. The men’s national championships will be held March 21-24 at Minnesota’s University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
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