AUBURN, ALA. - The University of North Carolina men’s and women’s divers began competition Monday in the NCAA Zone B Championship meet at Auburn University’s Martin Aquatics Center.
To make it to the NCAA Championship meet, the divers must first qualify at this meet, one of the toughest zones in the country. “The competition will be tough, the field is stacked, but I truly believe we can send all of the divers we brought this week to NCAA’s,” says diving coach Abel Sanchez.
So far, the divers have been holding up to coach Sanchez’s high expectations. Three divers have already qualified with two days of competition still to come.
The day started with the men’s one-meter event, where senior captain Jack Nyquist and redshirt sophomore Sean Burston excelled throughout the meet. In this competition, scores from preliminaries are kept in the final event, which leaves little to no room for error. Nyquist finished in third, while Burston finished in fifth with scores of 713.45 and 685.35, respectively.
In the afternoon, the women competed in the three-meter event where Elissa Dawson continued to dominate as she has done throughout the season. The long event seemed to wear down the extremely large field of divers as the hours wore on, but Dawson stayed consistent, finishing in second with a score of 636.85.
Tuesday the men and women will switch boards with the men competing on three meter and the women competing on one-meter.
MEN'S 1-METER PRELIMINARY RESULTS
3. Jack Nyquist, 366.40
6. Sean Burston, 345.05
32. Andrew Owsiany, 252.05
MEN'S 1-METER FINALS RESULTS
3. Jack Nyquist, 713.45
5. Sean Burston, 685.35
WOMEN'S 3-METER PRELIMINARY RESULTS
2. Elissa Dawson, 316.75
23. Maria Lohman, 268.65
WOMEN'S 3-METER FINALS RESULTS
2. Elissa Dawson, 636.85