AUBURN, ALA. - The University of North Carolina men’s and women’s divers continued competition Tuesday in the second day of the NCAA Zone B Championship meet at Auburn University’s Martin Aquatics Center.
After a competitive three-meter event on the first day of competition where she just barely missed making it to finals, sophomore Maria Lohman needed to place in ninth place or higher in the one-meter event to qualify for the NCAA National Championship meet. “I just couldn’t leave this meet without qualifying for NCAA’s, I had to get it done," Lohman said prior to the competition on Tuesday.
She kept her promise.
Lohman finished preliminaries in eighth place, which moved her into finals, but didn’t give her much room for error if she wanted to qualify for the national meet. In fact, she moved up a place in the final event finishing in seventh place, punching her ticket to Indianapolis next week.
Junior Elissa Dawson continued to show off her diving prowess and dominated most of the extremely competitive field. Dawson finished the preliminary round in third place, giving her a comfortable cushion for qualification. Because she already qualified on the three-meter, she only needed to place in the top 12 spots. Eventually she finished finals in fifth place, qualifying on a second board. Wednesday she will compete in the tower event to try and qualify for all three events.
The men competed on three-meter where senior captain Jack Nyquist excelled throughout the event as he has done throughout his four years as a Tar Heel. Nyquist finished both the preliminary and final events in third place behind two of the best divers in the country.
When asked about Nyquist, Tar Heel diving coach Abel Sanchez said, “you can’t really put what he’s done for this team into words. He’s a leader, a competitor, and, most importantly to me, a good friend to all the other divers on the team.”
Nyquist will finish his collegiate diving career competing in the National Championship meet on both the one and three meter boards, where he has his sights set on gold.
COMPLETE TUESDAY RESULTS
Women's One-Meter Preliminary Round
3. Elissa Dawson, 288.25
8. Maria Lohman, 276.15
Women's One-Meter Final Round
5. Elissa Dawson, 563.50
7. Maria Lohman, 559.80
Men's Three-Meter Preliminary Round
3. Jack Nyquist, 379.30
13. Sean Burston, 336.75
19. Andrew Owsiany, 313.15
30. Bryan Allen, 247.00
33. Max Jenkins, 236.25
Men's Three-Meter Final Round
3. Jack Nyquist, 775.85
14. Sean Burston, 692.05